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Joey Barton threatens legal action over 'come out as gay' article

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Joey Barton has threatened to sue the Daily Mail over a column suggesting that he should come out.

The piece by sports columnist Martin Samuel notes that Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has called for a "gay hero" in football, while Stonewall has urged the sport to deal with its "culture of fear" in relation to homosexuality.

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"So here's a thought," Samuel wrote. "Joey Barton continues his quest for intellectual and social respectability. Why not come out as gay? 

"Instant credibility, instant respect, untouchable by the Football Association or future employers. His past misdeeds mentally reprocessed and explained."

He added: "And imagine the new material. A never-ending treasure trove for Barton's Twitter feed: Alexander the Great, Leonardo da Vinci, Oscar Wilde, Lady Bunny.

"And, let's face it, with that new accent, he's probably halfway there."

Barton responded on Twitter: "I see Jim Royles giving it beans about my sexuality in the Daily Mail. Like thats anything to do with him. Can he say what he's said (sic)?

"Sounds slightly bigoted and homophobic to me. Any legal-eagles out there know if he can get away with this?

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"My sexuality is of no concern to anyone except me and my family. Can't see the missus being happy about this piece."

He added: "Nor, would I like my child (when old enough) to read this tripe. Shoddy journalism.

"I will probably have to sue. I don't really need the money or the hassle. So I offer this as a olive branch.

"Actually, no. Theres no olive branch. Enough's enough. Its just wrong and a little bit weird why he would write this.

"In light of the Leveson enquiry, it seems a strange thing to print. I mean I have never even met the guy. He doesn't know me. Shocking."

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