Barton mulls fresh Bari bid

MILAN - American property magnate Timothy Barton said he hoped to bid again for Bari at the end of the season after his takeover of the Serie A club collapsed.

The Matarrese family, which owns Bari, rejected Barton's request for a delay to complete due diligence and pulled the plug on the deal on Thursday when he failed to make an initial payment.

"We respect the Matarrese family's desire to be focused on the team and do not want to cause any confusion or distractions. However, I am hopeful we can revisit negotiations when the season is over," Barton said in a statement.