“This team is a game of musical chairs: someone is doing well, then it’s the Holocaust, a nightmare, an absolute disaster. The highly questionable comparison of the week is signed by Joey Barton. The former OM midfielder (2012-2013), now coach of the Bristol Rovers in the English fourth division, apologized after this statement after the defeat (3-1) of his training against Newport last weekend.
“The last thing you want to do is offend or upset anyone,” he said Thursday. If anyone has been offended, I would like to apologize. “ The manager of the club in this coastal town in the south of the country was notably entitled to a little phone call from the English Football Association (FA), which did not at all taste the analogy between the behavior of his team and the extermination of Jews by the Nazis in World War II.
“I hope to use better analogies in the future”
The Bristol Holocaust Memorial Day, a local association that commemorates the victims of genocide, also issued a statement criticizing the exit of Joey Barton. She welcomed the apologies formulated by the latter. “I think the FA was right to write to me and remind me of it, continued the ex-player of Newcastle and Manchester City. I hope to use better analogies in the future, but it was certainly free of nastiness or conscious offense to anyone. “
Fired from his previous job at Fletwood in January, Joey Barton had rebounded in Bristol the following month. His team are currently in 18th place out of 24 in their championship.