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First red card for Barton in Marseille colours

Published on Feb 4, 2013 6:02 AM
Referee Wielfried Bien, gives a red card to Marseille's Brittish midfielder Joey Barton, during their League One soccer match against Nancy, in Marseille, southern France, Sunday, Feb 3, 2013. -- PHOTO : AP 

PARIS (AFP) - On-loan Marseille midfielder Joey Barton was dismissed for the first time in France's Ligue 1 on Sunday since joining from Queens Park Rangers in August.

Barton received his marching orders on the hour-mark after collecting two yellow cards in the space of five minutes during Marseille's match at home to basement side Nancy.

The Englishman picked up his first caution for a late challenge on Vincent Muratori before earning an early bath with the match still goalless for a foul on Djamel Bakar.