Excusez-moi, Joey After claiming that he's too intelligent for football, Barton makes a Steve McClaren gaffe as he gives an interview in English… with a comedy French accent
16:53 GMT, 26 November 2012
Joey Barton says he's too intelligent to be a footballer. So clever he seems to have been learning French by watching 'Allo 'Allo!
The 30-year-old midfielder made his league debut for Marseille yesterday and conducted his post-match press conference in English but in a bizarre French accent.
Barton, on loan at the Ligue 1 joint-leaders from QPR, talked for over a minute following the 1-0 win over Lille in a cringe-worthy display.
VIDEO: WATCH JOEY BARTON'S HILARIOUS FRENCH ACCENT
It was a more than passable
impersonation of 'Allo 'Allo!'s Officer Crabtree and evoked hilarious
memories of former England boss Steve McClaren putting on a Dutch accent
during an interview – in English – at FC Twente.
Barton seemed aware of the comparison between his performance last night and the popular 'Allo 'Allo character – as well as McClaren.
This afternoon Barton tweeted: '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!'
He even came up with a novel name for the language, and said: 'I am christening this new language Bartonese…'
You'll have to watch the video above for full French-accent effects, but Barton said: ‘For me it’s important
that people speak about the qualities I bring as a footballer.'
Gaffe: Joey Barton spoke in a French accent at the press conference after his league debut for Marseille
Seriously Barton made a similar gaffe to former England manager Steve McClaren when he spoke in a faux Dutch accent
All smiles: Barton joked with the French media in the press conference
Before adding: ‘Maybe the one criticism of the French league is, it’s a little bit boring.’
Speaking in France before his league
debut, Barton said: 'Perhaps I shouldn't say it, but I'm maybe a little
too intelligent to be a footballer.'
The claims in a French newspaper attracted derision from former Arsenal and Manchester United player Mikael Silvestre.
On Twitter, he wrote: 'The uneducated Joey Barton is fascinating for the degree of his stupidity, his ego and his megalomania!'
Applause: The QPR loanee clapped the home fans last night
Barton helped his side move level on
points with leaders Paris Saint-Germain, but unsurprisingly was booked
within half-an-hour of kick-off.
The Rangers exile had a lengthy wait
for his first domestic match for the Ligue 1 team, and could only play
in the Europa League while he served his 12-match ban.
But Barton was handed a start at Stade Velodrome in front of the home crowd as Marseille beat Lille 1-0.
Marseille took their time to get a foothold in the game, as Nolan Roux and Marvin Martin went close in the early stages.
But the hosts would have been in
front after 13 minutes if it weren't for a splendid triple save from
Mickael Landreau as he denied Andre Ayew, then Mathieu Valbuena and then
Barton wasted little time in picking
up his first caution in French football, as the QPR midfielder was
booked after 22 minutes for a strong challenge on Florent Balmont.
But the Englishman settled well into the match, and so too did Marseille.
Balmont was red-carded before the break after chopping down Valbuena when the Frenchman was through on Landreau's goal
Debut: Barton made his league debut for Marseille
It went from bad to worse for Eden
Hazard's former club as Lille went a goal down through a Jordan Ayew
header just after half-time.
Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda
was called upon on a number of occasions by the visitors, but proved
himself more than up to the challenge with a couple of competent stops.
Barton, who also had stints with
Manchester City and Newcastle, was inches away from marking his league
debut with a peach of a goal.
The 30-year-old blasted an rasping drive from 25 yards, but it whistled past the stranded Landreau's post.
Marseille joined PSG at the top of
the table on 26 points, having played one game less, but sit in second
place with an inferior goal difference.
Oh 'Allo! Barton sounded alarmingly like Officer Crabtree from the hit television series
VIDEO: WATCH STEVE MCCLAREN SPEAK IN A FAUX DUTCH ACCENT
VIDEO: 'GOOD MOANING!' WATCH OFFICER CRABTREE IN ACTION