NEWCASTLE’S preparations for their pre-season tour of the United States were thrown into disarray yesterday when two players including Joey Barton were refused entry into the country.
Barton (right), 28, who was given a six-month jail sentence after admitting assault and affray in 2008, has been denied the necessary permission to travel with the rest of the first-team squad on Sunday.
Newcastle also confirmed that striker Nile Ranger would be missing the tour after being denied a visa. The club said a statement: “Newcastle United can confirm that Nile Ranger’s visa application for entry to the United States has today been rejected.
“He will join Joey Barton and his fellow team-mates on the club’s reserve team tour to Holland.”
England Under- 19 striker Ranger served an 11-week sentence in a young offenders institution when he was 15 after he took part in an armed street robbery.