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Joey Barton's Live-Tweeting Of The EgyptAir Hijacking Was Divisive To Say To The Least

Joey Barton's Live-Tweeting Of The EgyptAir Hijacking Was Divisive To Say To The Least
By Gary Reilly

Thankfully, at the time of writing, the EgyptAir hostage situation in Cyprus appears to be over after the hijacker in question emerged from the plane with his hands held up. Reports indicate that all hostages have been released and no one was harmed aboard the flight that was bound for Cairo but diverted to Larnaca early this morning.

It's the best possible outcome to what could have been another horrific situation. Given the timing of the incident, it's fair to say that, despite the severity of the situation, no one was particularly shocked by the initial reports this morning. It was, for all intents and purposes, another horrific situation to add to quite a few that we've seen over the past few weeks.

The initial assumption among the vast majority of us would have been that it was yet another example of wide-scale terrorism, designed to provoke fear and panic among as many people as possible. Which is why it's understandable that Joseph Barton decided to 'go off on one' for want of a better phrase this morning when it looked for all the world that this was another example of religious extremism.

The only problem is that, as Barton was giving his two cents worth, it was transpiring that this was more than likely not a case of international terrorism. Instead, it appears, according to local media, to have been a lone individual who diverted the plane in an effort to deliver a hand written letter to a woman who is thought to be his wife.

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Much to the anger of some and the entertainment of others, the Burnley midfielder was not aware of that when he decided to go on one of his perfectly erudite but nonetheless questionable twitter soliloquies.

By the time, he had reached the final message, we can only assume his twitter mentions were on fire with the number of people telling him what was actually going on.

And then, despite all the above, came the inevitable climb down and apology to those that he offended.

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Or not as the case may be.

Whatever, you may say about Barton, he's not one to be easily swayed by the opinion of others. After all the above, 'still clearly a knob' is the perfect way to sign off.

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