Joey Barton has once again put the cat amongst the pigeons by openly criticising the decision to name Lewis Hamilton as Sports Personality of the year for 2014. Barton took to Twitter to voice his feeling of injustice with the announcement.
Barton wrote: "Can't believe they gave SPOTY to Hamilton. 1. Formula 1 is the most boring sport ever. 2. He brought a dog with him. 3. He's a tax exile.'
The Mercedes racing driver was crowned the winner of the coveted award in a glittering ceremony in Glasgow. Hamilton capped his year of success that saw him secure the Formula One world championship for a second time.
The award that is chosen by public voting that saw the Lewis Hamilton take 33.8% of the share with 209,920 votes whilst runner-up Rory McIlroy recorded 19.9% with 123,745 votes.
The announcement came as a surprise to many that tipped McIIroy to take the award after a record breaking year. Barton chose to highlight his doubt over Hamilton's tax credentials. The Queens Park Rangers midfielder suggested that the athlete should be ineligible for the award.
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'Tax exile's should be exempt from winning trophies paid and voted for by the tax/licence payer,' he continued. The veteran midfielder went on to compare Hamilton with the other nominees for the award.
"(Rory) McIlroy, wins multiple golf Majors and Ryder Cup. (Carl) Froch, boxing World champion. In fact every other nominee was more deserving the Hamilton."
In case any on lookers were unsure of Barton's opinion on Hamilton's success the Scouser spells his disgust out in black and white in the last tweet of his rant.
"He should never have won. He is a terrible role model to any Britain. What precedent does that set. Bad day in our history. F1 = 80% car 20% talent, Golf 5% kit 95% talent! No brainer Rory was robbed by the public!"