Video: Joey Barton adopts French accent for press conference

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IT’S BEING referred to as his ‘Allo ‘Allo moment, and had television presenters in stitches.

But there may be a more logical reason to Joey Barton’s decision to speak English with a heavy French accent - it might be because it’s the only way he can be understood.

Joey Barton applauds Marseille's fans after his league debut

Joey Barton applauds Marseille's fans after his league debut

The Marseille midfielder - who is on loan from English Premier League strugglers Queen’s Park Rangers - was born in Huyton on Merseyside, and his Scouse accent was clearly discernible beneath the Gallic tones.

The enigmatic footballer tweeted shortly after the press conference:

“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 [sic] ‘Allo Allo!’ character which is choose. [sic] Its simply a case of you had to be there.”

Language experts have suggested that it is perfectly normal for ex-pats to adopt the accent of their country of residence, and have put it down to Barton’s time spent in France whilst others have dismissed it as a mere wind-up.

Watch the video and decide for yourselves...