Even when he’s across the channel, Joey Barton is still making waves in good old Blighty.
The QPR midfielder, currently on loan with Marseille, made his first league appearance for the French club following the end of his 12 game ban picked up for being sent off against Manchester City last season, inevitably earning a yellow card in the process.
However it wasn’t his appearance on the pitch which caught the eye (despite what he would have you believe) – but his post-match press conference, which he conducted in English but with a strange faux French accent.
Following in the esteemed footsteps of ‘Schteve’ McClaren, who memorably gave an interview with a cod Dutch accent while manager of Eredivisie side Twente in 2008, Barton offered up his best Gaelic gab but failed to convince he was anything other than a confused Scouser as his accent ebbed and flowed like the Mersey.
In the press conference Barton used his new found accent to tell reporters: "Yesterday, I make one tackle and everbody speaks about this tackle, nobody speaks about the 50 yard pass. For me it's important that people speak about the qualities I bring as a footballer."
Realising the torrent of abuse likely to be heading his way yesterday afternoon, Barton took to Twitter to defend his actions, and also took the chance to poke fun at himself.
“Steve McClaren eat your heart out…… In my defence, it is very difficult to do a press conference in Scouse for a room full of French journalists. The alternative is to speak like a 'Allo Allo!' character which is choose. Its simply a case of you had to be there.”
The former Newcastle and Manchester City player hardly did much for Anglo-French relations either when he claimed that the French league is 'boring'.
So if you're at work, make yourself a cup of tea, take a break and enjoy the strange world of Joey Barton. Monsieur Barton, with these press conferences you are really spoiling us...
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