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Barton Fired Up Over Twitter Comments
Published : 11 Sep 2012 14:48:10
Joey Barton has admitted pressure on Twitter fired him up against Manchester City on the final day of last season.
Barton was banned for 12 matches by the Football Association following his red card and subsequent violent conduct in Queens Park Rangers' dramatic defeat at the Etihad Stadium against Man City.
He has since been loaned out to Marseille and is looking to get his career back on track during his stint in France.
Joey Barton: "I completely let myself down but it's not a rational situation.
"I knew we could be relegated, they could win the league and I'm captain.
"There's a bit of a media spotlight on me so if we go down, I'm going to take a lot of s***. I was already getting it on Twitter so pressure started building and I didn't handle it well.
"My inner chimp doesn't work well with injustice, it reacts too quickly. Tevez has done what he's done, I have reacted and the aftermath is...
"I look at it now and it's almost like it's not me. I'm like 'What the **** were you thinking?'
"At the time in some weird way I thought it was the correct way but, looking at it now, I know it wasn't.
"I've got to learn a lesson from that. The thing it reiterated to me was just how far I am from the person I want to be."