Gay football team make bid for Joey Barton

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East End Phoenix football club have taken advantage of the transfer window by making a bid for pro-gay footballer Joey Barton.

Tweeting the star footballer, players from the East End Phoenix Football Club made a transfer offer that was is a little less extravagant than Barton may be used to.

Gay football team make bid for Joey Barton

As part of the transfer package, Barton, 32, would enjoy free pints at the Old Ship Pub each Sunday – and would never need to wash out his gym bag.

Club Chairman – and stand-in goalkeeper – Niall Dumigan, said he was “cautiously optimistic” of a positive response from Barton’s representatives.

“I think we have tabled a very fair offer under the circumstances. The lads hate having to wash the kit every week, and there’s always a fight over who will end up with it.

“Joey has a lot of fans at East End Phoenix ever since he bravely stood up against homophobia in football three years ago. He’s probably the most high-profile straight ally we have in the sport, so I think he’d fit in well with the squad.”

Gay football team make bid for Joey Barton

Gay football team make bid for Joey Barton

Barton has a long history of supporting LGBT rights – he has backed Stonewall’s rainbow laces campaign – in which laces are sent to every premiership footballer and professional club – for two years in a row.

Last year, he also led his former team QPR in their commitment to the “Football V Homophobia” campaign, and in 2013 accused FIFA “of not taking a tough enough stance to make this issue go away”.

However, he is arguably as well known for his controversial comments as he is for his impressive ball skills –  he found himself in hot water after sending tweets to Brazilian player Thiago Silva calling him a “transsexual ladyboy”.

He wrote:  “2 questions for Thiago Silva. Firstly, Why are YOU talking about ME, in your press conference before PSG v Barca? Very strange.”

“Secondly, Are you Pre-Op or Post-Op? #transsexual #thiagosaladyboy”