Fans fearing that Joey Barton's football could get in the way of his fighting career were more relaxed today after the Scouse Scrapper pledged to carry on fighting.
Bare chested and wearing a pair of black Lonsdale shorts Barton told our sports correspondent, "Football's a laff but let's be honest, it's a sport for those who travel up the chocolate canal ain't it."
After spitting in a westerly direction he continued, "No there's nothing I like more than fighting. I only moved to Newcastle cos I wanna give that nonce Owen a fuckin' good hiding. Once I have done that I'll be off to Chelsea to sort Lampard out."
On his way out , as if to prove a point, Barton lunged at our cowardly reporter Peter Musgrove.
Baring his arse to our photographer the out of control soccer star shouted, "Bunch of wankers the lot of yers" and shadow boxed his way out of our office.