Picture: Marseille fans greet Joey Barton with the banner “Welcome sweet and tender hooligan”

The OM fans appear to have taken to Joey Barton already, displaying the banner below at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday before their 3-1 win over Rennes in Ligue 1.

Barton was clearly touched by the banner, Tweeting: “Thank you for all the birthday wishes everyone xx. Great present, L’OM getting 3 big points and the fans with the banners at the stadium…”

And also in French: “Merci à tous pour l’anniversaire tout le monde veut xx. Grand présent, L’OM obtenant 3 points importants…”

What could possibly go wrong for Joey Barton in Ligue 1?!

Related: Birthday boy Joey Barton tweets a pic wearing a Marseille shirt

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