Some things never change, and Joey Barton’s abrasive nature is one of those things. Much-maligned for much of his career in England due to his animosity, Barton is always being kept under a close watch by English football fans, even when plying his trade at Marseille in the French top tier.
So when Joey Barton called out Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Coupe de France tie on Wednesday night, the former QPR midfielder didn’t hold back his feelings in any way, which is hardly a big surprise. But even this from Joey Barton is stooping to a new low, criticising his opponent’s facial features has no place on a football pitch.
Love him or hate him, it’s safe to say that not too many people feel he has been missed too much from the English game.