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Lyon: Barton too much of a risk

September 2, 2012
By Fabien Perrin, France Correspondent
Lyon have claimed they would never have taken the gamble that Marseille did on Joey Barton.

Barton, 30, signed for Marseille on a season-long loan deal from QPR on the final day of the transfer window.

Yet Lyon club president Jean-Michel Aulas believes that the controversial midfielder's chequered past meant a move to Stade de Gerland for the player would never have been possible.

''We wouldn't have taken this player," club president Jean-Michel Aulas told French ...

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