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.
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.
Wasn't trying to get the Big Man sent off. It was my job to front screen and disrupt him. Was trying to get back in front of him. (1) — Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) February 18, 2017
Tried to duck under his arm and he moved it back and hit me on the head. Contact is part of the game, no problem with that. (2) — Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) February 18, 2017
Unlike their player saying he was kicked on the floor and also the one who jumped and held his face as if he'd been struck. (3) — Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) February 18, 2017
But that wouldn't make a good story would it. FairPlay to Lincoln. They where well organised and that's Cup football. Good luck in nxt rd. — Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) February 18, 2017
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.
Players who roll around when nobody touches them should be subsequently banned. I hate cheats. Authorities should address it. — Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) February 3, 2013
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.