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Is Joey Barton le gibberer? Oui - or yes, if you don’t speak French, just like Joey Barton. Check out the professional mouth who often appears to play football on the side at his latest press conference, bunging on a French accent for the press.

It’s not enough that he’s been exiled to French Ligue 1 side Olympic Marseille on loan from cellar-dwellers Queens Park Rangers after a series of indiscretions, he’s slagging off his new hosts as well.

In a bizarre French accent, the Twitter addict calls the French top-flight boring and accuses their media of focussing more on his allegedly poor tackling technique than his insightful playmaking.

It reminds many of a kooky moment in Steve McClaren’s career when he spoke in a thick Dutch accent while manager of FC Twente.

The first known example of McClaren syndrome


Video: Joey Barton has a touch of McClaren's syndrome - Marseille midfielder speaks in English with a bad French accent during press conference
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