An Idiot Abroad! Red-faced Barton subject of internet virals after infamous interview
12:54 GMT, 28 November 2012
Joey Barton's infamous interview has now become the subject of a number of hilarious internet virals.
Barton made his league debut for Marseille on Sunday and conducted his post-match press conference in English, but using a bizarre French accent.
The cringe-worthy display was more than a passable impersonation of 'Allo 'Allo's Officer Crabtree and evoked memories of former England boss Steve McClaren putting on a Dutch accent after taking over at FC Twente.
Good moaning: Barton' sounded alarmingly like Officer Crabtree from 'Allo 'Allo!
An Idiot Abroad: The on-loan midfielder has become the subject of a number of hilarious virals
It didn't take long for the video of Barton to become an internet hit and now the midfielder, who is on loan at the Ligue 1 joint leaders from Queens Park Rangers, has become an ironic 'poster boy' for a series of French-speaking language courses to being compared to Karl Pilkington from Ricky Gervais's hit TV show, An Idiot Abroad.
Barton appeared to take the response to his interview in good spirits, tweeting: 'Steve MaClaren (sic) eat your heart out…
French fancy: Barton took the response to his interview in good spirits
(sic) 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. #youstupidwomen
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'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 30-year-old even came up with a novel name for the language, and said: 'I am christening this new language Bartonese…'
VIDEO: WATCH JOEY BARTON'S HILARIOUS FRENCH ACCENT