Game for a laugh! Barton has TV presenters in stitches with comedy French accent
13:49 GMT, 27 November 2012
The immediate reactions across the
nation would have been mixed.
Stunned silence, head-in-hands, a wry
smile and maybe a few belly laughs.
But not even the professional
broadcasters inside the Sky Sports News studio could hold it together as
they showed footage of Joey Barton's cringing French accent live on
VIDEO: WATCH JOEY BARTON'S HILARIOUS FRENCH ACCENT
The footage of Barton, who is on loan
at Marseille from QPR, in a press conference became a viral sensation
over the internet on Monday and caused presenter Kirsty Gallacher to
hide behind paper notes on the desk to try and mask her laughing.
Co-presenter Jim White didn't seem to help.
The transfer deadline day favourite
reacted by going into his own French accent which did little to calm the
giggles that had got the better of Gallacher.
White is arguably more convincing
with his take on the accent and using it was keen to point out to Barton
that he is a long way off mastering the French language.
Gaffe: Joey Barton spoke in a French accent at the press conference after his league debut for Marseille
Funny side: Sky Sports News presenter Jim White
White said (in a French accent): 'The
thing is Kirsty, is I think Joey thinks by talking like that by going
up at the end of every sentence and doing the shoulder bit he is
actually speaking French. But Joey, you're actually not.'
Barton's accent has already been
compared to Steve McClaren's Dutch accent which was quickly adopted by
the Twente boss shortly after joining the club during his first spell in
charge in 2008, following his dismissal as England boss just months
VIDEO: Kirsty and Jim can't help but have a laugh!
Links have also been made with 'Allo! 'Allo! character Officer Crabtree.
Barton responded on Twitter soon after his accent video emerged.
The midfielder said: 'Steve MaClaren
(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!'
Applause: Barton is on loan to the French team from British side QPR
VIDEO: WATCH STEVE MCCLAREN SPEAK IN A FAUX DUTCH ACCENT