Joey Barton’s 12-match QPR ban applies in France too
After all the conspiracy theories about Joey Barton moving leagues or countries to serve his 12-match ban more quickly, or not at all, it turns out that his suspension is still valid in France.
The QPR midfielder made a season-long loan move to Marseille on transfer deadline day, but it has now emerged that fans at the Stade Veledrome will have to wait a while before they see Barton in action.
Barton will be out of league and cup action until November because FIFA rules state that if the player moves association, his new association must enforce any existing sanctions.
A statement from the LFP, the French League, said: “Upon the transfer of Joey Barton from Queens Park Rangers to Olympique Marseille, the English Football Association transmitted to the French Football Federation the disciplinary sanction he was subject to in the English league.
“In accordance with article 12 of Fifa’s Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players, the sanction is applicable in France.”
Barton is available for Europa League matches and could make his debut away at Fenerbahce on 20 September.