Joey Barton to miss nine matches for Marseille

Joey Barton’s 12-match ban handed down by the FA at the tail-end of last season will still apply at new club Marseille.

The temperamental QPR midfielder was dismissed on the last day of last term in a game against Manchester City after elbowing Carlos Tevez, with further violent behaviour resulting in the hefty disciplinary action.

Mark Hughes is tired of Barton’s poor disciplinary record and as such the battler has secured a season-long loan to Ligue 1 side Marseille.

Barton has missed all of Rangers’ three Premier League fixtures this campaign, but it has been confirmed that the ban will be transferred across to France.

“When Joey Barton was transferred from Queens Park Rangers to Olympique Marseille, the FA relayed the sanction taken against him to the French soccer federation,” the LFP said on its website, translated into English by Sky Sports.

“According to FIFA rules… the player, who has already served three games, has been suspended for the next nine matches in the French competitions.”

Barton will however be allowed to step-out for the Stade Velodrome club in the Europa League in the meantime.

By Gareth McKnight