All too often, sport has an unfortunate tendency to become too deadly serious for its own good, but occasionally a touch of humour or an unlikely tale rears its head and offers a timely antidote to the run-of-the-mill diet of results and match reports. Here are a few examples that caught the imagination this year:
Marseille's mildfielder Joey Barton, pictured as he leaves the pitch at the end of the French Ligue 1 match Marseille vs Lille, on November 25, 2012, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, southern France.
Football: Oh no, Joey, what are you talking about?
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