Delusional Barton plays the victim in post-match Twitter rant

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The Burnley midfielder quite clearly faked being hit in the face by Lincoln's Matthew Rhead, but he's gone on the defensive on social media

Joey Barton embarked on a furious Twitter rant over the criticism aimed towards him for his shameful antics in Burnley's 1-0 defeat to Lincoln.

After stamping on Matthew Rhead's foot in the 62nd minute, Barton then appeared to purposefully throw himself in the way of the Lincoln striker's outstretched arm as he protested to the referee.

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The former Newcastle and QPR midfielder then rolled around in the penalty area, suggesting that Rhead had struck his in the head. The referee wasn't fooled and told the two players to calm down.

Instead of hold his hands up at the full-time whistle for his actions, Barton couldn't resist a furious rant on Twitter in which he played the victim and didn't accept any responsibility.

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Twitter users were quick to draw attention to a tweet he sent in 2013 bemoaning players who exaggerate contact in matches, contradicting his actions in Saturday's defeat at Turf Moor.

Barton was subsequently booked in the 70th minute for his role in a melee on the edge of the Burnley, in which he appeared to claw the face of Lincoln's Terry Hawkridge.

Lincoln's win over Burnley meant it the first time that a non-league side have reached the FA Cup quarter-finals in over 100 years.

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