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Barnsley complain to EFL and FA over alleged Joey Barton tunnel incident

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Barnsley have lodged a formal complaint with the English Football League and the Football Association relating to an alleged incident between manager Daniel Stendel and Fleetwood’s Joey Barton, the League One club have announced.

Fleetwood manager Barton is said to have confronted Stendel in the players’ tunnel following Saturday’s game, which ended in a 4-2 victory for the home side at Oakwell, and South Yorkshire Police are investigating.

“Barnsley Football Club can confirm that it has lodged a formal complaint to both the English Football League and the Football Association,” said a club statement. “This is following an alleged incident at the conclusion of the match on Saturday 13th April, between Joey Barton and Daniel Stendel.

“The club is also currently working with the police and assisting with all enquiries regarding the incident. No further comment will be issued whilst police investigations are ongoing.”

Neither club fulfilled their media duties after the match, in which Fleetwood had Harry Souttar sent off after 65 minutes with Barnsley leading 2-1. There appeared to be a lengthy disagreement between the two benches after the game, before they made their way to the tunnel.

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