London, Jan 4: England Midfielder Joey Barton has been released from jail after being bailed by a judge.
The 25-year-old Newcastle United and England midfielder made no comment as he passed through the gates of Liverpool Prison into a waiting car. Barton, of Widnes, Cheshire, had been in prison since he was charged with assault and affray last Friday.e, his brother and a friend, were arrested in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of Thursday morning following a complaint to police by city centre CCTV operators. It is alleged the group were involved in two incidents following a confrontation at a McDonalds restaurant in Church Street, Liverpool, at 5.30am.
Barton was twice refused bail by Liverpool magistrates but Judge David Swift, sitting in chambers at Liverpool Crown Court, agreed bail until January 16.
Barton left jail wearing the black jumper he was arrested in, a grey top and jeans. He climbed into a silver Audi A5 and sat in the rear with his solicitor.
At the wheel was Peter Kay, chief executive of the Sporting Chance clinic in Hampshire, who offered bail accommodation and supervision to the footballer at an earlier hearing.
Members of Barton's family were also outside in cars along with some members of the public.
Barton will appear at Liverpool Magistrates' Court on January 16 with Andrew Barton, 19, of Widnes, Cheshire, who is charged with actual bodily harm and affray, and Nadine Wilson, 27, from Huyton, Merseyside, who is charged with common assault and affray.