This is occasionally thuggish former Premier League midfielder Joey Barton speaking to the English press last season (after Shaun Wright–Phillips goes first):
Sounds like a lad reared in Merseyside, right?
Now here’s the same Joey Barton speaking to the French media after his debut with Ligue 1 side Marseille, where he’s on loan this season:
That’s some Andy Kaufman–level japery right there.
Here’s Barton’s explanation on Twitter:
“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!”
And here’s a clip of ‘Allo ‘Allo!, a BBC sitcom from the 1980s.
H/T to Our Man at the Valley.