Feb 3, 2013 at 8pm UK at ​Stade Velodrome
Marseille
0-1
Nancy

Barton (56')
Barton (60')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Sane (73')
Mangani (84')

Joey Barton slams "harsh" red card

Barton slams
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Joey Barton believes that his red card for Marseille in Sunday's Ligue 1 defeat to Nancy was "harsh".

Joey Barton has insisted that his red card for Marseille in Sunday's Ligue 1 defeat to Nancy was "harsh".

The midfielder picked up two yellow cards for L'OM as they suffered a surprise loss to the strugglers at the Stade Velodrome.

It was the first time that the 30-year-old had been dismissed for the club since he joined them on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers in the summer.

Barton tweeted: "Two very harsh yellows. First one wasn't even a foul. We will bounce back from this...

"Players who roll around when nobody touches them should be subsequently banned. I hate cheats. Authorities should address it."

A seventh defeat of the season has left Marseille six points adrift of leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

Nancy player Thomas Ayasse and Marseille forward Andre Ayew challenge for the ball in their team's clash on February 3, 2013
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