Barton apology for dismissal

Marseille midfielder Joey Barton has apologised to the club for his red card in Sunday evening's shock 1-0 home defeat to Nancy.

Last Updated: 04/02/13 at 10:17 Post Comment

Joey Barton saw red in Marseille's defeat to Nancy on Sunday evening

Joey Barton saw red in Marseille's defeat to Nancy on Sunday evening

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

The 30-year-old Englishman was shown two yellow cards in the space of five minutes at the Stade Velodrome before an Andre Ayew own goal gifted victory to the lowly visitors.

Barton told the club's website, www.om.net: "I am very disappointed. I am partly responsible for this loss.

"I have to apologise to my team-mates. The referee made his decisions, but I don't think either of my tackles were too dangerous."

OM coach Elie Baup admitted the dismissal lifted Nancy, who moved off the bottom of Ligue 1 courtesy of the three points - but maintained that Barton had been slightly unlucky.

Baup said: "We have just taken a big slap. We decided to play with a defensive system and it had been working.

"The game turned with the expulsion of Barton. We had not been brilliant in the game, but there was no real danger (before the red card). Being down to 10 men made things more difficult.

"His first card was unjustified since there was no foul, and on the second he was committed to trying to get the ball.

"We waited a long time and wondered when Barton would be sent off for the first time, and that was done tonight. But he did not deserve to be sent off."

Marseille remain six points behind leaders Paris St Germain.

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think all those names linked to United exits make sense. Kagawa has never really looked like hitting the form he had at Dortmund and Fellaini is radioactive after last season (even though I think he's been unfairly singled out for criticism). Nani and Anderson have had more than their fair share of chances so they are done, and Hernandez deserves better than warming a bench.

ted, manchester
The Insecure Gossip

H

e'll be off to Spurs (or better) in January and I don't blame him. Looking forward to re-signing Grant Holt as his replacement though.

notalentjones
Benteke ignoring speculation

I

n fairness, he does look absolutely shattered in that photo.....

FairyNuff
Shaw told to shape up

Footer 365

Premier League: Ross Barkley signs new four-year contract at Everton

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has signed a new four-year deal with the club.

Transfer news: Southampton's chairman says Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin will stay

Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin will not be sold, according to Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger.

Transfer News: Reported Manchester United target Arturo Vidal 'happy' to stay at Juventus

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is convinced Arturo Vidal will remain with the club for the forthcoming season.

Mail Box

Youth Development Has To Be The Future

A varied Mailbox has thoughts on transfer targets, youth development, the obsession over 3-5-2, some innovative Blackpool suggestions and why Real bought Kroos...

Don't You Worry About Southampton...

We can't help but agree with one mailboxer who tries to calm the crisis-mongers gathering around Southampton, while we have mails on Man United's squad...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property