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

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

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.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy step up Arsenal comebacks

Jack Wilshere scored as he stepped up his comeback from injury against a Brentford XI at Arsenal's training ground on Tuesday.

Wayne Rooney cannot wait to link up with Harry Kane for England

Wayne Rooney has been gripped by the excitement surrounding Harry Kane and can't wait to link up with him against Italy.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane to make first England start in Italy

Harry Kane will make his first start for England in Tuesday night's friendly in Italy, Roy Hodgson has confirmed.

Mail Box

Why Do Arsenal Have So Many 'Internet Warriors'?

The Mailbox has an open letter from Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, questions Phil Jones' bulldog spirit and asks: "Why do Arsenal have so many "internet warriors?"

It's All Just A Ruse By The 'Southern Press'...

A varied Tuesday morning Mailbox, with thoughts on the England U21s, a Sterling ruse, Kane realism, Wenger coaching youth and enjoying the charity match...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company