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Joey Barton: Carlos Tevez is the epitome of what’s wrong with modern players

10:02 14 October 2012

Joey Barton. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA wire

Joey Barton. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA wire

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QPR midfielder Joey Barton, who is on loan at French side Marseille, has labelled Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez as a mercenary.

The Argentine forward was suspended by the Citizens for failing to warm up during their Champions League game at Bayern Munich before returning to help the club to the Premier League title.

Barton is currently serving a 12-match ban for his actions at the Etihad that day which involved him kicking out at the Argentine but the midfielder insisted that he has no respect for him.

“Tevez? He’s a mercenary,” Barton told The Times.

“You can’t really back him. Sure, I’m a hoodlum, I’ve got into scrapes - but Tevez is someone who in the last six months has gone on strike, gone off to Argentina to play golf, tried to get himself sacked.

“If that’s not the epitome of what’s wrong with modern players, I don’t know what is. And don’t forget, Tevez punched me first.”

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