Joey Barton broke down in tears today as details emerged that his on/off transfer to Marseille in France was OFF.
A broken hearted Barton tweeted today "Been forced to go back training with the kids and fellow Taliban members at 2pm today..."
Insiders say the deal was called off when the Marseille press officer googled Barton and realised they had confused the cigar butter with clean-cut Warren Barton, ex Wimbledon and Maidstone defender.
The former Newcastle and Man City midfielder is currently serving a 12 match ban for his sending off in the last match of the season when Manchester City subsequently secured the Premier League title by scoring twice in the last few minutes against QPR's 10 remaining ten men.
Barton told friends he had already started learning French words and was looking forward to gaining a new wave of followers on the twitter social-networking site by quoting gobbledee-gook about post-modernism and 15th century art.