'Gallant' PSG a great advert for French football, says Barton

The Olympique de Marseille midfielder believes the performance of les Parisiens against Barcelona should be deemed a proud moment for the game in France
Olympique de Marseille midfielder Joey Barton has hailed Paris Saint-Germain's performance against Barcelona, describing their efforts as a great advert for Ligue 1.

Carlo Ancelotti's side were narrowly beaten on away goals after their 1-1 draw in Camp Nou on Wednesday evening having drawn the first leg 2-2, and Barton believes they deserve recognition for their impressive showing in the quarter-final.

"Gallant effort from PSG. Unbeaten in two games against Barca. Unlucky to go out. Great advert for French league," he said on his personal Twitter account.

The positive comments come just days before Barton is due to face the FFF ethics committee after derogatory remarks he posted about PSG defender Thiago Silva.

Pedro's second-half strike earned Barcelona's passage to their sixth-straight Champions League semi-final after Javier Pastore had given PSG the lead in Catalunya.

Tito Vilanova's men go in to Friday morning's draw along with Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.