Marseille's Barton explains his amazing Man City mayhem: I cracked under pressure

Olympique Marseille midfielder Joey Barton has spoken of his blow-up for QPR at Manchester City last season.
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Olympique Marseille midfielder Joey Barton has spoken of his blow-up for QPR at Manchester City last season.

Barton was sent off for elbowing Carlos Tevez and then attacked City duo Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany.

Rangers fined Barton seven weeks’ wages — £420,000 — stripped him of the captaincy and then sent him to Marseille on a season-long loan.

He recalled the moment the red mist descended at the Etihad as his Hoops survived the drop despite losing 3-2 to eventual champions City.

Barton told GQ Style: “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 ***** doesn’t work well with injustice, it reacts too quickly.

“Tevez has done what he’s done, I have reacted and the aftermath is...”

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