21/09/2012 10:57 BST | Updated 21/09/2012 10:57 BST

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

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.


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.


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.


Barton was substituted after 71 minutes

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