Joey Barton spotted giving finger to Tottenham fans in Marseille away end

Joey Barton brandished a middle finger to Tottenham fans after joining the Marseille supporters in the away stand at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The Bristol Rovers manager was in the thick of it with the French fans, donning an orange shirt reading 'revolution orange' along with the club's ultras under a gargantuan flag. And he watched on as Richarlison's double gave the hosts the win in their Champions League clash, right before chaos broke out between both sets of fans.

Prior to the violent scenes, Barton was seen flashing a middle finger towards the Tottenham fans as well as joining in with the chants in the away end. The former Manchester City and Newcastle star spent a season on loan at Marseille in 2012/13.

He endeared himself to their fans during his time in France and has since become a supporter of his own, while the Marseille faithful adore him after joining them in the stands.

Barton also frequented a pub that had been taken over by the French fans, where he enjoyed a drink with them as they serenaded him.

Videos emerged of the ex-England international walking to the ground with an army of Marseille fans on his back, chanting and wielding flares. Barton gestured to the fans in the stadium, thanking them for their adoration before fist pumping.

Barton also took to social media, posting a video of his son waving a Marseille flag. In a tweet written in French, he said: "Thank you to the supporters of Olympique de Marseille. The best.

"Thanks to you, my son and I felt welcome. Always in my heart. Go OM."

Barton's support could not stop Marseille from tasting defeat in their Champions League opener, though, with Tottenham proving too strong in the end with two goals in the last 15 minutes. Richarlison broke down in tears after the match after netting both on his Champions League debut.

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