Ousmane Dabo has slammed new Olympique Marseille signing Joey Barton.
Dabo was punched up to five times in the training ground bust-up with Barton, who was handed a four-month suspended jail sentence.
He told the L'Equipe: â€śWhen he knees Aguero in the back, he does it from behind â€” I do not call that a man. He is nasty, a traitor. Sometimes I get the impression we have rolled out the red carpet for him. I speak to remind people that Barton is a very violent player, far from the image he tries to portray since arriving at Marseille.
â€śWe condemned Jeremy Menez, Samir Nasri and Yann Mâ€™Vila for little things and then the French media is very forgiving with someone who has committed horrible things, as recently as May. No one wanted him in England . . . that means there is probably a reason.â€ť
Dabo sought to set the record straight over his bust-up with Barton. He said: â€śThere was a trial, he pleaded guilty and accepted a four-month suspended sentence. When he speaks, he denies he said I initiated it. All the team members present during the assault testified in my favour.â€ť
He added: â€śHe says he is a man, a bad boy, but he is just a coward.â€ť