Joey Barton Must Serve 12 Match Ban Regardless of Marseille Move

Loftus Road midfielder to sit out early months of Ligue 1 loan spell.

Joey Barton must serve 12-match ban at Marseille during loan spell

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton must serve the remainder of his 12-game ban during his season-long loan at Marseille.

Fifa rules state that sanctions imposed on a player prior to transfer “must be enforced or applied by the new association at which the player is registered”.

A statement from the French League, the LFP, said: “Upon the transfer of Joey Barton from Queens Park Rangers to Olympique Marseille, the English Football Association transmitted to the French Football Federation the disciplinary sanction he was subject to in the English league.

“In accordance with article 12 of Fifa’s Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players, the sanction is applicable in France.”


One would hope that Marseille were aware of this possibility before the brought the QPR misfit to the Stade Velodrome. The 30 year old midfielder was handed a 12 match ban after his Man City meltdown in the final game of the last campaign, a sending off that was followed by a number of attempted attacks on various Etihad Stadium players, an act of insanity that has effectively ended Joey Barton’s Super Hoops career.

Barton was linked with possible loan moves to a number of lower league sides in England before securing a season long loan deal with Marseille.

Joey Barton may be out for Marseille’s league duties but is free to play in the Europa League so could line-up for their upcoming trip to Istanbul to face Fenerbahce.

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