Joey Barton quits social media after agreeing to pay £75,000 in damages to Jeremy Vine in defamation case

Joey Barton has apologised to Jeremy Vine
Joey Barton has apologised to Jeremy Vine (Image credit: Danny Lawson)

Joey Barton has agreed to pay Jeremy Vine £75,000 plus his legal fees and issued a grovelling apology for comments he made about the TV and radio presenter on social media. 

Last month, a High Court judge ruled that 11 of Barton’s comments about Vine on X (formerly Twitter) were defamatory. In the posts, Barton called Vine a ‘big bike nonce’ and a ‘pedo defender’. 

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Joe Mewis

For more than a decade Joe Mewis has worked in football journalism as a reporter and editor, with stints at Mirror Football and LeedsLive among others. He is the author of four football history books that include times on Leeds United and the England national team.