Friday, 21st September, 2012
Joey Barton has expressed his pride at having made his debut for Marseille in the Europa League last night.
The English midfielder is on a season-long loan at the Stade Velodrome from Premier League side QPR but, due to a ban which has followed him from England, is unable to play in Ligue 1 until 18th November at the earliest. The ban however does not apply to European competition.
It was a good introduction to life in coach Elie Baup’s team and two late goals for Marseille, which earned the side a draw after being 2-0 down, gave the evening an even more positive gloss.
For Barton, only the win could have made the whole experience better.
"I am very proud that I have been able to make my debut for Marseille", the midfielder told his club’s official website.
"This is really a very good team, a real group playing together. The team has ambition and play great football.
"It was a tough game against a very good team in a stadium where the atmosphere was really fantastic. The mood of the squad is impressive and we managed to come away with a draw."
Barton must now go back to kicking his heels until Marseille’s next Europa League match, which takes place 4th October against Cypriot outfit AEL Limassol.