Joey Barton Makes Marseille Debut In 2-2 Europa League Draw With Fenerbahce (PICTURES)

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Joey Barton finally made his debut for Marseille but was substituted with the French side 2-0 down against Fenerbahçe in their opening Europa League fixture... only for l'OM to gain a 2-2 draw.

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Barton played for the first time since May

Barton, playing for the first time since his disgraceful conduct as Queens Park Rangers captain in their final game of the 2011-12 season at Manchester City, played 71 minutes in Istanbul.

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Barton vies for the ball with Fenerbahce's Alex de Souza

Goals from Mathieu Valbuena and Andre Ayew salvaged a point after Caner Erkin and Alex had given the Turkish outfit a 2-0 lead with 33 minutes remaining.

The on-loan Barton will serve out the rest of his 12-match suspension imposed by the Football Association for domestic French matches, but is eligible to play in continental competition.

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Barton was substituted after 71 minutes

Barton, 30, admitted he "cramped up a bit" but hailed the renowned Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium's "incredible" atmosphere.


Joseph Barton
What a place to make your debut! Atmosphere was incredible. Thoroughly deserved point that. What a team spirit!!

Joseph Barton
On a personal note. Great to get 70 mins. Cramped up a bit but thats normal after so long without a game and only a couple of weeks training