Associated Press  |  Last updated April 04, 2013
Joey Barton was summoned by the French Football Federation's ethical committee on Thursday after calling Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva an ''overweight ladyboy.'' Barton made the comment on his Twitter feed on Tuesday and continued to attack Silva the following day. The Marseille midfielder faces a hearing on April 15. Marseille released a statement apologizing for ''the inappropriate comments'' on Wednesday night. ''Marseille and Joey Barton have to apologize to Thiago Silva and his club for the comments made by the English footballer on social networks during the past 36 hours,'' the statement said. ''This morning the Marseille management asked Joey Barton to put an end to the attack on PSG's Brazilian defender. The Marseille midfielder pledged to immediately cease the posting of anything derogatory about Thiago Silva.'' PSG earlier branded the comments ''unacceptable'' and said it could take further action. Barton was riled by comments earlier in the week by Sil...
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