Joey Barton was appointed Fleetwood boss in April 2018

An incident allegedly involving Joey Barton leaving a rival manager with “blood pouring from his face” is being investigated by police.

The Fleetwood boss clashed with Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel in the tunnel after Saturday’s 4-2 League One defeat at Oakwell, according to Barnsley player Cauley Woodrow.

He claimed on Twitter that Stendel had been “physically assaulted” and left with “blood pouring from his face”.

Woodrow later deleted the tweet.

On Sunday, South Yorkshire Police issued a new 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”,