Barton takes Twitter sabbatical, but not before likening Sunderland to Deliverance
22:29 GMT, 24 March 2012
Prolific tweeter Joey Barton has decided to take a break from the social networking site, but the QPR midfielder bowed out in his inimitable style, aiming a broadside at the city of Sunderland.
After airing his frustrations at being an unused substitute for QPR's 3-1 reverse at the Stadium of Light, the controversial 29-year-old said:
'Reminds me of a film this 5under1and place………can't think which one. #thedeliverance.'
Getting to know you: Joey Barton (right) shares a moment with the Sunderland faithful
Prior to the match, Barton tweeted his frustrations at not making boss Mark Hughes's first XI.
'All time low………2 ways out. 1.Work hard 2.Worker harder', and 'Very, very disappointed.'
And in what Barton claims will be his final missive for a while, Barton went on to say: 'Going to take a little twitter sabbatical before I say something I'll end up regretting. Have a good few weeks people.'
Speaking his mind: Barton's tweets
Based on James Dickey's novel, John Boorman's nightmarish 1972 film sees four Atlanta businessmen canoeing along the Cahulawassee River on an ill-fated weekend.