Saturday 18 November 2017

WATCH - Joey Barton slammed for 'embarrassing' performance as old diving tweet comes back to haunt him

Burnley's Joey Barton
Burnley's Joey Barton

Callum Davis

A Joey Barton tweet from 2013 has come back to bite the Burnley midfielder after he was mocked for an 'embarrassing' dive on Saturday afternoon.

Barton's Burnley team crashed out of the FA Cup in a shock defeat to non-league Lincoln City, but the result was by far the least controversial moment of the game at Turf Moor.

In a long-running battle with Imps striker, Matt Rhead, Barton appeared to step on Rhead's foot as the home side prepared to defend a corner.

As the non-league forward turned round to protest the stamp, Barton fell theatrically to the ground clutching his head.

Neither party was booked for the incident and replays showed Rhead had made no contact with Barton whatsoever.

British boxer Carl Frampton, MBE, tweeted that the former Rangers midfielder should be 'embarrassed and ashamed' when he watches the footage back.

Soon after Lincoln's late goal booked their place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, an old tweet from Joey Barton was being re-shared.

The tweet, from Febrary 3 2013, read: "Players who roll around when nobody touches them should be subsequently banned. I hate cheats. Authorities should address it."

I bet he regrets it now.

Barton attempted to explain his actions after the game, claiming he had no intention of trying to get Rhead sent off.

Barton was at the centre of controversy throughout a physical encounter at Turf Moor, clashing with Lincoln midfielder, Terry Hawkridge, as the game edged towards full time.

The 24-year-old received a yellow card for the incident after appearing to slap Hawkridge in the face.

An 88th minute goal from Sean Raggett was enough to book Lincoln City's place in the next round of the FA Cup and inflict Burnley's first home defeat since December 2016.

Victory for Lincoln City mean they become the first non-league side in 103 years to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

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