Joey Barton sorry for Marseille red card against Nancy

Olympic Marseille midfielder Joey Barton is sent off in his side's defeat by Nancy

Midfielder Joey Barton was sent off for the first time in his Marseille career during a 1-0 defeat by Nancy on Sunday.

The 30-year-old Englishman, on loan at the top-flight French club from QPR, picked up two yellow cards in five second-half minutes with the game 0-0.

"I am disappointed," said Barton, who has been sent off seven times in total. "I am partly responsible for this loss.

"I apologise to my team-mates. The referee made his decisions, but I don't think my tackles were too dangerous."

Nancy's win lifted them off the bottom of Ligue 1 as they dealt a blow to Marseille's title ambitions.

Marseille coach Elie Baup believes the seventh sending off of Barton's career was a turning point in the game, although he did not feel it was a deserved red card.

"The game turned with the expulsion of Barton," said Baup.

"We had not been brilliant in the game, but there was no real danger [before the red card]. Being down to 10 men made things more difficult."

He added: "His first card was unjustified since there was no foul, and on the second he was committed to trying to get the ball.

"We waited a long time and wondered when Barton would be sent off for the first time, and that was done tonight [Sunday]. But he did not deserve to be sent off."

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