Barton Issues Delayed Apology After Using Term ‘Holocaust’ To Describe Team

Joey Barton

Bristol Rovers manager Joey Barton was forced into an apology for his use of the term ‘holocaust’ after losing to Newport admitting “the use of the analogy was not correct“.

After Rovers’ 3-1 defeat last Saturday, Barton said about his team’s defence: “I said to the lads during the week, the team’s almost like musical chairs.

Someone gets in and does well but then gets suspended or injured.

Someone gets in for a game, does well but then has a holocaust, a nightmare, an absolute disaster.”

Barton was roundly criticised by many among the football community, with some saying he should step down from his role.

In a press conference on Thursday, Barton said: “I’m just going to say there were some comments made after the press conference last week where clearly no offence was meant, but some people have rightly pointed out to me the use of the analogy was not correct.

The FA wrote to me this week to remind us of our language and communications, and the last thing you want to do is cause offence or upset anybody.

So if anybody was offended by that, I would like to apologise for that and I think the FA were right to write to me and remind me of that.

You hope to use better analogies in future, but it was certainly with no malice or offence intended to anybody.”

I get that everything we say, even this I’m saying now will no doubt be pieced together in such a way that it will be there to grab and capture the attention of people that use social media, internet, blah, blah, blah.

My natural next progression in terms of speaking to the media is here, and I felt that was the way to deal with it rather than the club releasing a statement, blah, blah, blah.

For me, it was a poor analogy to use in the context of the modern-day world we live in, and it won’t happen again.”

Rovers, who are currently 18th in the League Two table, face Harrogate away on Saturday.