Joey Barton tweets: I'm going to Alcoholics Anonymous
Published 22:30 22/01/12 By MirrorFootball
Football bad boy Joey Barton is going to Alcoholics Anonymous, he revealed on Twitter last night.
The Queens Park Rangers captain, 29, tweeted: “Am off out AA meeting and then back for the NFL.”
After being quizzed by his followers, he added: “AA=Alcoholics Anonymous. Loads to be learned if u have a problem or not. Usually most do...or did! Like moi.”
Asked if AA was meant to be anonymous, he replied: “suppose its up to u.”
Barton said he was speaking out to help others battling drink problems: “I am no different because I kick a ball and am known. I have many failings,” he said.
Quoting The Smiths, he added: “I am human and I need to be loved.”
When Barton was at Newcastle United in 2008 he revealed he had gone teetotal to save his career. He was jailed that year for a booze-fuelled assault in Liverpool the previous Christmas.