Marseille issue Barton apology
Marseille have apologised to Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva after on-loan midfielder Joey Barton called the Brazil international an "overweight ladyboy."
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Barton made the comment on his Twitter feed on Tuesday and continued to attack Silva the following day.
The French club released a statement apologising for "the inappropriate comments" and said they had "asked Joey Barton to put an end to the attack on PSG's Brazilian defender".
The statement added that "the Marseille midfielder pledged to immediately cease the posting of anything derogatory about Thiago Silva".
PSG had branded the comments "unacceptable" and threatened action against Barton, who is on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers in the south of France.
Barton was riled by comments made earlier in the week by Silva about an English Marseille player who had taken to insulting big-name Brazil players to keep himself in the spotlight.
Marseille coach Elie Baup says Joey Barton remains a key member of his squad.
He said: "What is important to me is the communication from the club.
"I am the coach of OM and I have to intervene (only) on larger matters. The communication of individual players is their own responsibility.
"I have a boss and a direction. Barton holds an important place in the team and I make decisions in the game - for example, that he (Barton) did not start against Nice (last weekend). That is my responsibility. Beyond that, it does not concern me."