French league leaders Paris St Germain have criticised and threatened legal action against Joey Barton after the Marseille midfielder used social networking website Twitter to liken Thiago Silva to an “overweight ladyboy”.

The on-loan QPR player, via Twitter, questioned whether Brazilian defender Silva was “pre-op or post-op” and demanded an explanation why the 28-year-old had mentioned him in his pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League quarter-final with Barcelona.
The Ligue 1 leaders expressed their unhappiness with Barton’s “unacceptable remarks” and threatened to “take action” against the former England international.
A statement published on their website read: “In the last few hours, on social networks, unacceptable remarks have been made by Marseille player Joey Barton against Paris St Germain player Thiago Silva.
“These attacks are serious and go beyond mere verbal jousting.
“The directors of the club, the players and the coaching staff are supportive of Thiago Silva and cannot accept such statements.
“They reaffirm their unwavering commitment to the values of respect that should govern our sport. Thiago Silva and Paris St Germain reserve the right to take any action they deem necessary.”

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