BARNSLEY manager Daniel Stendel reportedly needed emergency dental treatment after he was allegedly assaulted by Fleetwood boss Joey Barton on Saturday.
Stendel reportedly lost two teeth in a melee with the former Manchester City and Newcastle player after a heated League One game, which Barnsley won 4-2.
Both managers had to be separated by stewards and police officers with Stendel, 45, allegedly left with bloodied mouth.
Barton is claimed to have lashed out at the Barnsley chief in the tunnel, knocking out two of his teeth with a headbutt.
Witnesses claim the Fleetwood boss also punched Stendel in the aftermath of the spat which is believed to have started with an exchange of words after Harry Souttar was sent off in the 65th minute.
And according to the Mirror, German boss Stendel has undergone emergency dental surgery following the assault.
He did not speak to the reporters at Oakwell after the game, but is expected to do a pre-match press conference on Wednesday ahead of the match against Shrewsbury on Friday.
Barton had to be physically stopped by the police as he tried to leave Barnsley’s ground following the clash.
As he was being driven out of the gates with three Fleetwood officials, their BMW was halted by a male steward and a female police officer.
People like you don’t deserve a place in the game of football, you are foul.
Cauley Woodrow, Barnsley player
Barnsley striker Cauley Woodrow branded Barton “foul” on Twitter before deleting his post.
Woodrow said: “To have a manager that can physically assault another manager in the tunnel is disgusting, causing our manager to have blood pouring from his face!
“People like you don’t deserve a place in the game of football, you are foul.”
On Sunday, South Yorkshire Police issued a statement, saying: “Officers received reports of an assault at Barnsley Football Club today, Saturday, 13 April, this incident has been crimed and will be thoroughly investigated.”
Barnsley said they “could confirm there was an alleged incident” and the club was “assisting the police with its enquiries”.
Fleetwood said they had “been made aware of an alleged incident” and were “currently establishing the facts” but neither they nor Barton had been contacted by police.
It’s not the first time Barton has found himself in hot water this season either.
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In January, the one-cap England international was charged by the FA over comments made about the referee of his Fleetwood side’s game with Bristol Rovers.
Barton was also fined £2,000 for accusing the match officials of bias.
He was also sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for affray during an incident in Liverpool City Centre in 2008, but served just 74 days of the prison term.