Olympique Marseille head coach Elie Baup has insisted that Joey Barton is still an important part of his plans despite being reprimanded for his offensive tweets towards Thiago Silva.
Barton has caused outrage in France after calling PSG centre back Thiago Silva “an over-weight lady boy,” on the social media platform. The comments were thought to be in response to Silva’s comments in L’Equipe on Monday where he claimed to have forgotten the name of Barton due to his small reputation.
PSG were thought to be considering legal action, releasing this statement: "In the last few hours, on social networks, unacceptable remarks have been made by Olympique Marseille player Joey Barton against Paris St Germain player Thiago Silva.
"These attacks are serious and go beyond mere verbal jousting. The directors of the club, the players and the coaching staff are supportive of Thiago Silva and cannot accept such statements.
"They reaffirm their unwavering commitment to the values of respect that should govern our sport.
"Thiago Silva and Paris St Germain reserve the right to take any action they deem necessary.”
In response, Marseille released a statement on Barton’s behalf.
The club statement read: "Olympique Marseille and Joey Barton wish to apologise to Thiago Silva and his club for the inappropriate comments the English player made on social media in the past 36 hours.
"Olympique Marseille officials have asked Joey Barton to end the row between him and the Paris Brazilian defender.
"The OM midfielder has promised to end right now the publication of any invidious comment against Thiago Silva."
Despite the controversy Baup has announced that Barton still has a role to play at the club.
Baup told reporters: "I am the coach of OM and I have to intervene [only] on larger matters. The communication of individual players is their own responsibility.
"Barton holds an important place in the team."
The 30-year-old is currently on a season long loan from QPR and has made 17 appearences in Ligue 1.
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