november 27, 2012 • 12:57 PM
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Joey Barton goes French in press conference
English soccer player
Joey Barton is known for being among the roughest, some say
dirtiest, players in the beautiful game. But
Barton may have turned over a new leaf with his current club Marseille as he showed a considerably lighter side during a press conference after his first league game over the weekend.
Barton showed some of the characteristic dry English humor as he gave the press conference in a French accent that caused a sensation over the Internet as video of the presser went viral.
Reaction to the prank has been mixed, with some taking the faux accent as insulting while others think it
genius. Barton explained his action on
“In my defense, 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. It’s simply a case of you had to be there,” said the former Manchester City player born in Merseyside.
In any event, Barton making news for a press conference is a step up from the player making news for reprehensible on-field actions like his expulsion from the last game of the Premier League season last season when he elbowed
Carlos Tevez, kicked
Sergio Aguero and tried to headbutt
Joey Barton is the latest heir in a legacy of English troublemakers. Barton often clashes with rivals and teammates alike. Most infamously, he served a six month sentence for assault in 2008 stemming from a bar fight.