Joey Barton attacks those not supporting rainbow movement

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Joey Barton has launched another Twitter outburst, this time targeting those making 'excuses' for not wanting to wear rainbow laces.

Alongside Paddy Power, Barton has been one of the figureheads for the rainbow laces movement organised by gay rights charity, Stonewall.

Every professional club has been sent the laces by Stonewall in order to promote the message of equality and help rid football of homophobia.

Some clubs have complained about the ways in which their players were approached about the rainbow laces campaign, believing bookmaker, Paddy Power, is using a serious issue as a publicity stunt.

Yet Barton's issues lie not with these clubs but with talkSPORT presenters who this morning were discussing possible 'technical difficulties' with wearing the laces.

This led to Barton tweeting:

"Listened to @gareththomas14 on TalkSport. Presenters debating whether laces can cause 'technical issues' with players boots?"

"Well, I have worn them in two matches now and trust me there are no technical issues. If you don't want to support at least have the... ...balls to say so. Hate it when people use little things as a cop out. Thankfully, it looks like most are secure enough within to support."

So far Everton, who have a pre-existing partnership with Paddy Power, have said their players will wear the laces but Manchester United and Tottenham have said they won't be wearing them, due to the nature of the Paddy Power endorsement and the lack of communication between Stonewall and clubs.

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