Former Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton was infamously known for his 'hot-head' on the football pitch and off it. Now managing League 1 side Bristol Rovers, who currently sit 15th in the table, Joey Barton revealed his version of events on the training ground bust-up with former teammate and Frenchman Ousmane Dabo. The former midfielder who is now 40, ended up with a six-match ban by the FA in 2008 for assaulting his then-former City teammate on 1st May 2007. Barton was also given a four-month suspended sentence after being found guilty of assault causing actual bodily harm after Dabo was left with a detached retina, and cuts and bruises. Ousmane Dabo had a detached retina. (Credit: FC Tables) After claiming he knocked the Frenchman out in 'self-defence' which Dabo denied. Barton said he would be open to settling the score once-and-for-all. Joey Barton after being released from prison. (Credit: Getty) Joey Barton's take on the incident \u201cDabo slapped me at the training ground so he got put a kip. \u201cThat was his own fault and if I see him any time and he wants to \u2013 you see all these Jake Pauls and that on Youtube, if Ousmane wants to give me a shout and he wants to do it for charity and get his own back\u2026\u00a0 \u201cAt the end of the day, where I\u2019m from, if someone opens palms or slaps you or comes towards you to hit you, you don\u2019t stand around and go \u2018I\u2019ll see what he\u2019s doing, I\u2019ll see if this dig hurts me.\u2019 \u201cOn a football pitch I\u2019ve been hit by people and just got on with it as that\u2019s the way it is or I\u2019ve had to be separated, I reckon 25 or 30 times. \u201cI\u2019ve seen multiple fights on training grounds that have been kept within the confines of the training ground. \u201cBut Ousmane went out the next day because he knew he couldn\u2019t have done anything about it. \u201cAll his mates were there, Distin\u2019s and all that. After I\u2019d knocked him out, and bear in mind he\u2019d threw the first dig and got knocked out, Pearce separated us. \u201cSo I said \u2018Look, no problem. If he wants round two we\u2019ll sort it out here, we\u2019re all men.\u2019 \u201cHe tried to throw the first punch, came unstuck, and he didn\u2019t because he\u2019s a s***bag and went to the papers.\u201d \u201cHe came and threw a punch, I thought, but it turns out he opened his palm at the end and slapped me and as it hit me I\u2019d already let my jab off \u2013 unfortunately for him I am a better scrapper than him and he becomes a kip. Joey Barton and Ousmane Dabo were teammates at Man City. (Credit: Getty) Ousmane Dabo's take on the incident \u201cI just pushed him away and turned my back to walk off. That's when he hit me. \u201cI really don't remember exactly what happened but I've been told by all my teammates he hit me from behind, a right hook which hit me on the temple and knocked me out for a few seconds. \u201cAs I started to fall he jumped on top of me, held my head and punched me twice more in the face.\u201d Would you pay to see a charity boxing match between the pair? Let us know!