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.