Barton in trouble over Silva slurs

Apr 05, 2013, 09:10 IST | AFP

Marseille midfielder Joey Barton has been ordered to appear at a disciplinary hearing on April 15 after insults on Twitter directed at Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva caused a storm

Paris Foot Gay, an amateur club with a large number of gay players who campaign against homophobia in football and society as a whole, complained to France’s Professional Football League (LFP) after Barton called Brazil defender Silva a “pussy” and “a overweight ladyboy” on Twitter on Wednesday.

The matter has since been passed on to the Conseil National de l’Ethique (CNE), who have the power to hand the Englishman a suspension for remarks that have been taken very seriously in France.

PSG issued a statement on Wednesday describing Barton’s words as “unacceptable”.

Marseille, with whom Barton is on loan for the season from Queen’s Park Rangers, responded by saying they had called on their player to desist and “put an end to the controversy.”

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