Fleetwood manager Joey Barton has denied a charge of actual bodily harm against former Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel.
Barton, 37, is accused of physically assaulting Stendel in the tunnel at Oakwell on April 13, leaving the German with a damaged tooth which required emergency treatment.
Standing at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, the former England international indicated a not guilty plea to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
District Judge Joanne Hirst told him that the allegations were too serious to be dealt with by magistrates and sent to the case for trial before judge and jury at Sheffield Crown Court.
Wearing a blue open-neck shirt, a blue jumper, blue trousers and sporting glasses, Barton spoke only to give his name, his date of birth, his address of Fox Bank Close in Widnes, Cheshire, to confirm he was a British national and indicate his plea.
The former Manchester City, Newcastle and Burnley midfielder was charged by South Yorkshire Police back in July.
The incident occurred after the two sides met in a League One clash last season, which ended in a 4-2 victory for the hosts.
Footage later emerged showing a Fleetwood official trying to drive Barton out of Oakwell before being stopped by police.
Barton was given unconditional bail on Wednesday and told to appear at Sheffield Crown Court for a hearing on November 6.
He was pictured in good spirits by awaiting photographers as he left the court building before he was driven off in a black Mercedes SUV.