Joey Barton taking the pass on Twitter

Not many sports journalists (I used to be one) have written the short sentence: Fair play to Joseph Barton.

But I had to smile today when Barton took to Twitter to poke fun at himself.

Yesterday, football journalists and fans were giggling at his ridiculous ‘Allo ‘Allo post-match press conference video. You were just waiting for him to use the words ‘shot’ and ‘pass’.

But today he showed he can have a laugh at his own expense. This was his first tweet of the day:

I am still not a fan but this is further proof of just how influential social media can be when it comes to perceptions.

Barton will have gone up in a lot of people’s estimations with his tweet. Just two simple, powerful words.

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