Joey Barton is at it again.
The midfielder hasn’t hit the headlines for negative reasons for a while, until now.
That’s because the 33-year-old has just appeared to stamp on an opponent whilst playing for Burnley.
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Barton has been involved in numerous controversial incidents in his career and didn’t help his reputation with his disgusting act on Saturday afternoon.
He was hurdling the challenge from Brighton’s Beram Kayal when he appeared to purposely stamp on the Israeli.
The referee and his assistants presumably missed the clash as Barton went punished - but it’s likely that he will face retrospective disciplinary action.
However, some may claim that Barton was merely trying to jump over Kayal’s leg and accidentally trod on him
Watch the video to make up your own mind:
As expected, Twitter reacted furiously to Barton’s actions.
Barton’s Burnley side scored an injury-time equaliser to draw 2-2 against Brighton in the top of the table clash.
The results leaves Burnley four points clear of their opponents and three clear of Middlesbrough in second.
However, it seems likely that they will have to make do without their central midfielder for a few matches in their quest to achieve promotion to the Premier League.