Merseyside-born footballer Joey Barton has moved quickly to join the mocking of a press conference he gave in a mysterious French accent.
Posting a link to a video of the interview, Barton, on loan at Marseille in France's Ligue 1, acknowledged that his bizarre pronunciation was akin to former England manager Steve McClaren's Dutch-English accent.
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...From @Joey7Barton on Twitter:
Barton made his Ligue 1 debut yesterday, narrowly avoiding a red card for standing on the ankle of a Lille opponent.
Premier League footballer Joey Barton will face no further action after being arrested for affray last month.
The Queens Park Rangers midfielder, 29, was involved in a fight with two men outside a nightclub in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of June 4. Barton was reportedly on a night out with his girlfriend when the incident took place outside the Garlands nightclub.
A spokesman for Merseyside Police said today: "Merseyside Police can confirm that four men arrested in connection with an altercation in Eberle Street, Liverpool city centre on June 4 will face no further police action."
According to the Daily Mail, Queens Park Rangers are poised to loan out controversial midfielder Joey Barton to the Championship with Blackburn Rovers leading the chase.
– QPR chief executive Philip Beard
It was important that we took our time to make sure we came to the correct decision, which I believe we have achieved.
"Joey's behaviour, which led to his red card at Manchester City, and his subsequent actions were completely unacceptable and we have made our feelings on this matter known to him.
"I am really pleased with the way in which the club and Joey have worked towards reaching a sensible conclusion and we fully believe he will respond to these sanctions in the correct manner."
– QPR statement
QPR FC can confirm Joey Barton has been fined six weeks' wages and will no longer be club captain.
"If Barton seriously breaches the club's disciplinary procedures again, the club reserves the right to terminate his contract."
I was reckless and deserved every punishment I received. Money comes and goes, it's not important to me. Losing the captaincy and missing...From @Joey7Barton on Twitter:
...12 games, is what really hurts. I was stupid and that what happens when u do dumb things. I am confident ill bounce back. Cannot wait.From @Joey7Barton on Twitter:
That's all I have to say on the matter. I wish to put it behind me now and help QPR, once available of course, push on towards the top half.From @Joey7Barton on Twitter:
Joey Barton has been stripped of the QPR captaincy and fined six weeks' wages following his misconduct during the final Barclays Premier League match of the 2011-12 season against Manchester City.
Barton said: “My behaviour was wrong and I accept the punishment that has been imposed uponme as a result.
“I apologise tothe Manager, my team-mates and of course the QPR fans for my actions. I alsoapologise to the Manchester City players, staff andsupporters.”
Looking forward to Portugal now tomo. Bit of rest and lots of golf...From @Joey7Barton on Twitter:
Premier League footballer Joey Barton has been bailed pending further inquiries by Merseyside Police after being arrested for affray earlier today.