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Marseille’s Joey Barton suspended for two matches after calling Thiago Silva an “overweight ladyboy” via Twitter.
Currently on loan from Queens Park Rangers, the 30-year-old released his statements last month after the Paris Saint-Germain defender spoke to back his international teammate Neymar, who is a regular topic of Barton’s discussions.
As a result, Marseille released a statement to apologise for their player’s behaviour, while PSG claimed they will take further action if it does not stop.
Now the French Football Federation has intervened to put a punishment on Barton, giving him a ban of two matches.
“The National Ethics Committee has handed a two-match suspended ban to Joey Barton for ‘inappropriate comments’ after his tweets about a Paris Saint-Germain player,” the statement read.
A famous figure in social media, Barton has often used Twitter to attack former colleagues and employers which reaches his two million followers.