Newcastle’s Joey Barton will miss the club’s pre-season trip to America after being denied a visa.
The midfielder received a six-month jail sentence for assault and affray in 2008, has been denied permission to enter the country with the rest of the squad. Barton will instead travel to Holland with the reserve team on July 20.
Barton said in a statement on Newcastle’s official website: “Unfortunately, I was denied my visa due to my past. I regret not being able to travel with the club on this trip, but at the same time, I don’t expect to be treated any differently or more favourably than anyone else in a similar situation.”
“All I can do is continue to improve as a person, which is what I intend to do. Again, apologies to all the NUFC supporters – as well as the fast growing legions of football supporters in the United States who I was looking forward to meeting. I will see you in the future.”