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Joey Barton avoids ban for Thiago Silva tweets…kind of.

May 6, 2013, 5:09 PM EDT

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QPR’s on-loan Englishman Joey Barton was handed a 2-match suspended ban by the French National Ethics Committee for the comments he made on Twitter about Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva last month.

Barton, on loan at France’s Olympique de Marseille, called Silva an “overweight ladyboy” among other insulting remarks better served to not appear on this website.

The suspended ban does not come into effect unless he were to commit a similar offense, essentially serving as a probation.  This will allow Barton to appear in OM’s final three matches of the season.  They have a mathematical shot at winning the title, but they must win out while PSG loses out.

Barton, known for fiery outbursts and hotheaded actions both on and off the pitch, exploded on Silva after comments the Brazilian defender made in an interview with French outfit L’Equipe referring to Barton.

Silva said, “There is even a Marseille player, I cannot remember his name, an Englishman, who has said bad things about Neymar and Brazilian football, and also about (David) Beckham. As no one is talking about him, it seems fun to him to criticize great players for people to know he exists.”

That caused Barton to retaliate.  The French Football Federation held a hearing directly after the incident, but decided it couldn’t act on the tweets since they were made in English and not in French, and therefore an accurate translation could not be provided for some of the words or phrases Barton used.

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