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Marseille fans welcome Barton with ‘hooligan’ banner

by Josh Powell | September 2, 2012

NEWS TRAVELS FAST: It appears Marseille fans know all about our Joey

Joey Barton moved to Marseille on a season-long loan on Friday after launching a tirade of abuse on twitter about his former club QPR. And it is quite apparent from this banner that his reputation precedes him!

Fans welcomed him to Marseille with a whopping great banner reading:

‘Welcome sweet and tender hooligan’

The line is also a reference to a 1995 song by one of Barton’s favourite bands The Smiths, released to promote their Album ‘Singles’.

The 30-year-old is hoping to win some silverware across the sea and Marseille are 25/1 to win the Europa League and 9/1 for the French Cup.

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