Barton gets 2-game suspended ban for insults

Marseille midfielder Joey Barton was given a two-game ban for
calling Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva an ”overweight
ladyboy” on Twitter, and the French Football Federation suspended
the penalty.

The 30-year-old Englishman was summoned to appear at the FFF’s
ethics committee for a second time on Monday. Marseille had ordered
Barton to stop and the club apologized to both PSG and Silva.

Barton did not attend the hearing and was represented by two
lawyers. The FFF said the penalty would have to be served only if
Barton uses offensive language again on Twitter and the discipline
would not be related to anything that might happen on the

He is cleared to play in his team’s three remaining league games
this season. Marseille trails first-place PSG by seven points.

Barton’s lawyers showed the committee a video Barton had
featured in, where he spoke out in support of gay soccer players on
a TV documentary screened on BBC Three called `Britain’s Gay
Footballers’ in January 2012.

The FFF would not rule on the matter after an initial hearing
last month, saying it was not possible because of a lack of an
objective translation of Barton’s comments.