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Baup defends Barton red

February 4, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent
Marseille coach Elie Baup has leapt to the defence of Joey Barton after the controversial midfielder was sent off for the first time in his Ligue 1 career.

Barton, 30, had been booked just twice in 11 competitive outings for Marseille before he was dismissed on the hour mark of his club's surprise 1-0 defeat at home to struggling Nancy on Sunday.

The ex-England international, whose early bath distracted from a rare poor individual display, was shown two yellow cards in the ...

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