Joey Barton speaks with comedy French accent in incident reminiscent of Steve McClaren
On-loan QPR midfielder conducts bizarre press conference in French accent
Not many Brits go abroad in football, but at least those who venture beyond these shores do us proud by giving the lingo a go... sort of.
Joey Barton, the self-styled Nietzsche spouting, Twitter obsessed Smiths fan finally made his league debut for Marseille yesterday before conducting a bizarre press conference.
The on-loan QPR midfielder spoke in English but to help out the natives, put on a comedy French accent.
The incident was reminiscent of Steve McClaren who spoke in English but with a Dutch accent during his time as FC Twente's manager.
The Liverpudlian former Newcastle midfielder has since taken to Twitter to defend himself.
'Steve MaClaren (sic) eat your heart out...'
Before adding moments later: '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. #youstupidwomen!'
Barton, who recently claimed "I'm maybe a little too intelligent to be a footballer", has even gone as far as to dub the language 'Bartonese'.
Watch the video below...
Latest in Sport
Royal Rumble 2015: Roman Reigns triumphs after The Rock returns to set-up Wrestlemania showdown with Brock Lesnar
Google trolls Tottenham with Oxford dictionary definition of 'lackadaisical'
Gabriel Paulista: Talented Brazilian could grow into world-class defender at Arsenal
Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2
Floyd Mayweather ends the carnival this week and picks his next fight - but will it be Amir Khan, Manny Pacquiao or Miguel Cotto
- 1 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 2 Dog thinks owner is drowning in lake, dives in and tries to pull him out
- 4 Chilling drone footage captures Auschwitz ahead of 70th anniversary of liberation
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
30,000 reasons why the rhetoric on immigrants claiming benefits can stop now