Barton defends 'Allo Allo' French accent

Joey Barton has transferred from QPR to Marseille.

English footballer Joey Barton has defended the post-match interview which ended up with him trending on Twitter over the dubious French accent he appears to have adopted, following his recent transfer from QPR to Marseille.

Monday, 26 November 2012
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The often controversial midfielder made his Ligue 1 debut with the French side on Sunday, in their 1-0 victory over Lille at Stade Velodrome, following the expiry of his 12-game domestic ban.

"For me, I think ... uh ... my, my best position is ... uh ... deep-lying midfielder, you know?" Merseyside-born Barton told reporters, sounding bizarrely like English wasn't his first language.

Just a hint of his own accent crept through at times during the press conference, which must have left the local press baffled.

"In my defence, it is very difficult to do a press conference in Scouse for a room full of French journalists," Barton later tweeted.

"The alternative is to speak like an 'Allo Allo!' character ... It's simply a case of you had to be there."

The big question now is whether the pseudo-French accent will continue or if zis is something Barton will say only once ...