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Barton eyes return to Marseille as player or manager

Joey Barton would relish a return to Marseille. Credit: PA

Joey Barton has spoken of the affinity he shares with Marseille supporters and revealed he would love to return to the club as a player or manager.

The 35-year-old has been banned from playing by the Football Association since April 2017 for breaching betting rules but can return in June 2018.

Barton spent the 2012/13 season on loan at l'OM having fallen out of favour at QPR after landing a 12-game ban for clashes with Manchester City trio Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany on the last day of the previous campaign.

He won over Marseille fans during his stay and admits they are a club close to his heart.

Speaking in a video posted on the Ligue 1 club's official website as part of the documentary 'Marseille: A football city', Barton said: "The supporters immediately accepted me when I arrived. They must have perceived something in my character and personality that they liked.

"I'd love one day to pull the jersey on again and if I can't do it as a player then I would love to do it as a coach or manager."

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Barton released by Burnley after FA betting ban

Barton made 14 Premier League appearances for Burnley before being suspended for betting violations. Credit: PA

Joey Barton has been released by Burnley following his 18-month ban for violating the Football Association's betting rules.

Michael Kightly has also been allowed to leave Turf Moor at the end of his contract, but manager Sean Dyche has confirmed that the club are in talks over extensions for George Boyd and Paul Robinson.

Joey leaves us for the obvious reasons after he has again been a big part of what we have achieved this season.

Equally, Kights has been a great servant of the club and always a tremendous person to have around the group.

Both players have had a big effect on what we have done during their time at Turf Moor and we wish them well, as we do all those leaving this summer.

– Dyche to Burnley's official website

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Burnley midfielder has betting hearing delayed

Joey Barton could face a lengthy ban. Credit: PA

Joey Barton's Football Association hearing into betting charges has been postponed.

The 34-year-old Burnley midfielder was due to appear before an FA commission on Wednesday, having accepted a misconduct charge relating to 1,260 bets over a 10-year period.

It is possible a lengthy ban could ensue - though no direct precedent exists - and the Clarets were prepared for the fact that he could have played his final match for the club with his contract up at the end of the season.

But Press Association Sport understands the hearing was not able to take place as planned and, with no new date yet set, Barton is free to play in Sunday's Premier League match at Liverpool.

Joey Barton turns out for Burnley development squad

Joey Barton has rejoined Burnley on a short term basis. Credit: PA

Joey Barton played 90 minutes for Burnley's development squad on Tuesday after completing his move back to the Premier League club.

The Clarets announced on Monday the midfielder, who helped them to promotion last year, had rejoined them until the end of the season having left Rangers in November.

The 34-year-old, who is facing a Football Association charge into alleged betting irregularities, is now stepping up his fitness work and played a full game against Fleetwood at the Barnfield Training Centre.

A one-match suspension imposed by the Scottish Football Association was served during Monday's Premier League defeat at Manchester City.

Dyche still hopeful of Joey Barton rejoining Burnley

Barton helped Burnley win promotion to the Premier League. Credit: PA

Sean Dyche claims there is a "strong possibility" Joey Barton will still rejoin Burnley next month if renewed discussions following a misconduct charge go well.

The Clarets recently agreed a deal in principle for Barton to sign for them in the January transfer window but the issue has since been complicated by a Football Association probe into alleged betting.

Barton faces a possible fine and suspension after being charged for allegedly placing 1,260 bets over a 10-year period.

Burnley manager Dyche said: "We're in ongoing discussions with him and his advisers, just to make sure we're all clear where we stand with that.

"If that goes well, then in theory there is a strong possibility that things carry on as normal, with certain caveats, obviously, for certain situations should they arise."

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