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have done that. I lev­elled the scores: it’s 1-0 to Tevez – my el­bow on him makes it 1-1. But that was spot­ted by the lines­man and, quite coldly, I de­cided that as I’d been sent off, it would be a great idea to try to take one of their play­ers with me, be­cause that would give my team the op­por­tu­nity to stay in the league. I just shouldn’t have got in­volved in that. Now, I would not have re­acted to Tevez and he prob­a­bly would have got done ret­ro­spec­tively by the FA.

Hav­ing spent a sea­son in France on loan at Mar­seille, do you think more English play­ers should play abroad?

Paul Wat­son, via Twit­ter It’s dif­fi­cult, be­cause the fi­nan­cial power is in the Premier League. Our best play­ers aren’t nec­es­sar­ily go­ing to go abroad to be paid less. But has it im­proved Gareth Bale as a player? Of course it has. I loved it at Mar­seille. I went out there on the back of a 12-game ban – I was a pariah in Eng­land – but the peo­ple of the city em­braced me and I had a fan­tas­tic year there that I will never for­get.

How much stick did you get for your in­fa­mous French ac­cent in a press con­fer­ence dur­ing your time there?

Steven, via Face­book My brother and a mate of mine were at the back of the room, laugh­ing their heads off, af­ter about 10 min­utes of me talk­ing like some­one from ’Allo ’Allo. I was in a bub­ble in France and it was only when it was picked up back in Eng­land that I re­ally re­alised the ab­sur­dity of it. I was just do­ing my best to try and com­mu­ni­cate, but ob­vi­ously it looked to­tally ridicu­lous. Some­times you just have to laugh.

How much did Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic hate you calling him ‘Big Nose’ when you played for Mar­seille in Le Clas­sique against PSG?

Ed, via Twit­ter I don’t know – you should ask him now he’s in the Premier League! [ Laughs] That goes on all the time on the pitch, although maybe not as in-your-face as that. Un­luck­ily the cam­eras picked up on it. We were hav­ing a mi­nor dis­agree­ment, it got per­sonal and you re­act. I was just mak­ing an ob­ser­va­tion. He has got a big nose. You played ex­tremely well for Burn­ley last sea­son in help­ing them to gain pro­mo­tion. Why did you move to Rangers in­stead of hav­ing an­other sea­son in the Premier League? Thomas Lethardy, via Twit­ter The Burn­ley fans are fully aware of how much I en­joyed be­ing there. We lifted the Cham­pi­onship trophy and it was a fan­tas­tic group of play­ers with great Joe, via Twit­ter They usu­ally get me in trou­ble, those ones! [ Laughs] The Ni­et­zsche quote was two and a half years ago. You see stuff that res­onates with you and think, ‘I’m go­ing to share that.’ It said less about me than it did about so­ci­ety,

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