Barton blasts 'farmer's field' after Marseille beat Bastia behind closed doors
00:13 GMT, 13 December 2012
Joey Barton helped Marseille to a 2-1 win against Bastia last night – but there was no-one in the stands to see it.
Bastia were forced to play the match behind closed doors after their clash with Ajaccio in October descended into chaos.
The Corsican derby was stopped for five minutes after fans of both teams started fighting and threw fireworks following a mass brawl on the pitch.
Helping hand: Joey Barton's Marseille beat Bastia to continue to keep in touch with the league leaders
Mathieu Valbuena deservedly put Marseille ahead with a
superb volley from just inside the box in the 15th minute.
Andre Ayew doubled the lead from the penalty spot on 70
minutes after goalkeeper Landry Bonnefoi had fouled his younger brother Jordan.
Empty: Bastia were forced to play behind closed doors after trouble in their match with Ajaccio
Locked out: Fans were forced to watch the match on a big screen outside the ground
Anthony Modeste scored a late goal but Bastia did not go on
to worry the visitors, who clinched their sixth away league win and also
welcomed back striker Andre-Pierre Gignac six weeks after he suffered a broken
Barton later tweeted: 'Great 3 points on that farmers field. No fans in the stadium but loads outside throwing fireworks. Freezing cold showers as well.'
Marseille are third in Ligue One, level on points with Paris Saint-Germain.
Taking aim: Wahbi Khazri of Bastia (left) lines up a shot during his side's defeat