Elie Baup: 'Joey Barton still important to Marseille'

Baup: 'Barton still important to Marseille'
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Elie Baup admits that Joey Barton's off-field antics do not concern him and that the Englishman will continue to play for Marseille.

Marseille coach Elie Baup has insisted that controversial midfielder Joey Barton remains a key member of his squad despite the recent Twitter row with Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Thiago Silva.

Barton has since issued an apology for his "transsexual" jibes at Silva and Baup has said that Barton's off-field actions are not his concern.

"Barton holds an important place in the team," BBC Sport quotes Baup as saying.

"I make decisions in the game - for example, that he did not start against Nice [last weekend]. That is my responsibility. Beyond that, it does not concern me."

Marseille host Bordeaux on Friday night in Ligue 1.

Marseille's Joey Barton before his side's match against PSG on February 27, 2013
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