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Joey Barton Publicly Posts ITV Football Pundit Eni Aluko’s Legal Letters As She Sues Him For Causing ‘extreme Upset And Distress’ – Which He Dismisses As ‘saying She’s Not Very Good At Her Job’

Joey Barton has claimed that he is being sued by Eni Aluko for causing ‘extreme upset’ and ‘distress’ to the TV pundit. 

Barton has been widely condemned – even by Rishi Sunak – for his attacks on female pundits, even going as far as invoking the names of serial killers Fred and Rose West when making vindictive remarks online. 

Aluko, who recently travelled to the Ivory Coast to work at the Africa Cup of Nations, said she had been ‘scared’ to leave her house following Barton’s tirades.


The ex-England star-turned-broadcaster has been a primary target of the 41-year-old and now it appears that Aluko and her team have issued a response to Barton. 

Barton took to X, formerly known as Twitter, on Monday to reveal Instagram messages from a solicitor claiming to represent the former Chelsea striker. 

Joey Barton claimed he is being sued by Eni Aluko for causing ‘extreme upset’ to the TV pundit 

Aluko claimed she had been ‘genuinely scared’ to leave her house after Barton’s tirades

Barton took to social media to reveal messages sent by a solicitors claiming to represent Aluko

Another day. Another letter from Samuel’s Solicitors.

Eni Aluko now joining Jeremy Vine and suing me for saying she’s not very good at her job. 👍

Interesting that they both are using the same solicitors. 🤡

What kind of legal firm sends you Instagram messages?

Jokers.… pic.twitter.com/AoH32Kl99h

— 👑 Joey Barton 👑 (@Joey7Barton) January 29, 2024 Taking to social media, Barton wrote: ‘Another day. Another letter from Samuel’s Solicitors.

‘Eni Aluko now joining Jeremy Vine and suing me for saying she’s not very good at her job. Interesting that they both are using the same solicitors. 

‘What kind of legal firm sends you Instagram messages? Jokers.’

Barton attached a screenshot of a message, seemingly sent by Samuel’s Solicitors on Instagram, which read: ‘Mr Barton. We have today delivered a letter of claim to you on behalf of our client, Eniola Aluko, by special delivery which is due to arrive by 1pm today. 

‘It relates to your ongoing conduct against our client and in particular your post of 19 January 2024 which made untrue, inaccurate and defamatory allegations about her and her family and has caused her extreme upset, distress and harm to her reputation’.

MailSport has reached out to Samuel’s Solicitors for comment. 

Aluko herself has responded to the claims, after issuing a statement on Tuesday, which confirmed that she will take legal action against Barton. 

The former Man City, QPR and Newcastle midfielder also shared a picture of a letter that was sent to him by the same solicitors on January 26th. 

It read: ‘As you will see, this has been addressed to Potter Derby, who are acting for you in the claim being brought against you by Jeremy Vine. 

‘At the time of writing, the enclosed letter to Potter Derby has not been sent, as we have not yet had confirmation from them that they will accept it on your behalf’.

Barton has previously exchanged verbal blows with BBC star Vine. 

A letter that was sent to Barton was seemingly done so as ‘instructed by Eni Aluko’

Barton launched a tirade on X, formerly known as Twitter, against ITV pundit Eni Aluko and commentator Lucy Ward 

Barton has been intensely criticised in recent weeks for a series of sexist barbs against women, who he claims ‘aren’t qualified’ to talk about men’s football. 

At the start of the month, he took aim at former Chelsea and England star Aluko and Lucy Ward, an ex-footballer turned commentator, over their coverage of the FA Cup third-round clash between Crystal Palace and Everton for ITV. 

Addressing Aluko, he wrote on X: ‘How is she even talking about Men’s football. She can’t even kick a ball properly. Your coverage of the game EFC last night, took it to a new low. Eni Aluko and Lucy Ward, the Fred and Rose West of football commentary.’

Aluko took the moral high ground following Barton’s foul-mouthed tirade against her but, shortly after, Barton wrote another another post about the pundit. 

He took to X to write: ‘On reflection, I feel I’ve been a tad harsh on Eni Aluko by comparing her to Rose West.

‘Had a bit of time to consider the impact of my words after @itvfootball big statement.

Aluko (left) and Ward (right) were both victims to Barton’s social media attacks after he compared the pundits to serial killers Fred and Rose West

‘She’s clearly in the Joseph Stalin/Pol Pot category. She’s murdered hundreds of thousands of football fans ears in the last few years. Meritocracy Rules!’

Stalin was the supreme ruler of the Soviet Union for a quarter of a century, including throughout the Second World War and is known for his totalitarian communist regime.

Pol Pot, meanwhile, was another communist dictator who ruled Cambodia as Prime Minister of Democratic Kampuchea between 1976 and 1979.

Barton’s previous post made reference to Fred and Rose West, who murdered 12 women and young girls over the course of 20 years. 

He previously boasted that he would score ‘100 out of 100 penalties’ against Mary Earps after she won the Sports Personality of the Year Award earlier this month. 

Barton also called it ‘dangerous’ for women to work at men’s clubs due to them ‘having full-blown affairs and costing people marriages’.

He previously launched a tirade after Mary Earps won the Sports Personality of the Year Award, labelling her a ‘big sack of spuds’

Campaign group Women in Football praised ITV for coming out in support of Aluko and Ward.

‘We call on all employers in the football industry to show the same support for their female employees and take all possible measures to ensure their well-being in the current epidemic of misogynistic abuse,’ they said.

‘As the leading agency driving gender equality in football we stand with all those who suffer such abuse.’