Tuesday, January 15, 2013


On-loan Olympique Marseille midfielder Joey Barton has apologised for his part in a bitter Twitter row with Dietmar Hamann.

The row erupted on Monday evening when QPR midfielder Barton, on loan at Marseille, tweeted about his parent club's attempt to hijack Newcastle's bid for Loic Remy. 

Barton, who is known for his outspoken nature on the social media platform, had recently said that l'OM forward Loic Remy was heading to his ex-club Newcastle United during the current transfer window.

Recent reports, however, have suggested the Frenchman could in fact join Queens Park Rangers, despite their manager Harry Redknapp saying last week that he had been snubbed by the striker.

He suggested that the Toon's managing director Derek Llambias may have been responsible for the player's change of heart. 

This claim evoked a reaction from Hamann, who played alongside Barton at City in the 2006-07 season, with the German suggesting the Englishman should stay out of "club politics".

The pair hammered out a total of over 50 messages and Barton repeatedly told Hamann, 39, to get his 'life in order' and claimed the German was unprofessional.

Then followed a lengthy exchange between the pair, which ultimately turned into a slanging match, with Barton writing that Hamann should "get his own life in order first" and labelling him "Tourette's face".
Hamann issued a retort to the "England international", who has one cap to his name. He wrote on Twitter: "No problem Joseph let's see each other in 5 years I hope I don't have to go to Walton #prison."

He added: "The medals won't make my kids respect me but im (sic) not prepared to punch a child in the face in McDonald's for them to respect me."

Barton also wrote: "Sick of washed up former pro's giving it big portions cos (sic) they've wasted their money. Medals don't pay your kids schools fees... #jogon."

In a bizarre conclusion to the conversation, Barton tweeted: 'Disappointed in myself for getting involved in that. But never let a dog try to tell u its not a dog an that u are! A dogs a f****** dog...'.

But on Tuesday morning, Barton was back on Twitter, saying: 'I've slept on it. I have no right to question a man I hardly know. I must, therefore apologise for my part in last nights heated exchange.'

The pair had played alongside each other in City's central midfield in the 2006-07 season.

Barton then moved to Newcastle at the end of that year, a club Hamann had played at almost a decade earlier.

Former Newcastle winger Nolberto Solano then chipped in, telling Barton he was a 'good player but lack(ed a) yard of pace. Also lost temper too much.'

He also had kind words for Hamann, saying the man who had won the Champions League and played for Germany over 50 times deserved respect.

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