Football boss Joey Barton will answer allegations he beat up his wife at an assault trial next month.

The Bristol Rovers manager, 38, is accused of assaulting Georgia Barton by beating at a property in Kew, south west London on June 2 this year.

He allegedly kicked her in the head and left her with a head injury and bloody nose at a property where they had been with friends.

The ex Premier League star, from Widnes, married his wife two years ago at a lavish venue in Oxfordshire.

The former midfielder played more than 250 Premier League games for Newcastle United, Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers.

He began managing League One side Fleetwood Town in 2018, before moving to Bristol Rovers in February this year, shortly before the club were relegated to League Two.

The trial date was set at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Wednesday and is due take place at the same venue on December 16.