Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 4/4/13
Joey Barton was gagged by Marseille on Wednesday night after angering club chiefs by labeling Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva an "overweight ladyboy" in an online tirade. The midfielder, on loan from QPR , was ordered by Marseille officials to cease his attack on the Brazilian, which was also condemned by PSG and a prominent anti-homophobia group based in the French capital. Barton wrote a series of Twitter messages on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, in which he went as far as questioning whether Silva was "pre-op or post-op". His outburst apparently stemmed from comments made by Silva ahead of PSG's Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona , when there was an oblique reference to Barton. Silva spoke of an English Marseille player whose name he claimed to have forgotten that had taken to criticizing big-name players including David Beckham because nobody was talking about him. Marseille said in a statement on Wednesday night that the club and Barton were...
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