Barton: ‘I wasn’t trying to get the big man sent off’

Date published: Saturday 18th February 2017 5:13

Joey Barton has denied trying to get Lincoln striker Matthew Rhead sent off during Burnley’s humiliating FA Cup defeat.

The Imps became the first non-league side to reach the last eight since 1914 thanks to Sean Raggett’s 89th-minute header at Turf Moor.

Tempers flared in the second half as Barton and Rhead, who the atmosphere between had been building all game, were involved in an incident that prompted referee Graham Scott to call both over for a word. Rhead claimed he had been stamped on by Barton, who had gone to ground holding his head.

No cards were produced on that occasion, but moments later Barton was booked following another flashpoint.

After George Boyd brought down Alex Woodyard, Terry Hawkridge arrived on the scene and took a hand in the face from Barton before being shoved over by Flanagan.

Graham deemed Barton to be deserving of a yellow card while Flanagan escaped any action.

Barton, who could face retrospective disciplinary action, tried to explain his behaviour after the match.

BT Sport pundit Michael Owen said of the clash with Rhead: “It was a little stamp – I didn’t think it was worthy of a red card, even though the word ‘stamp’ almost insinuates red.

“I thought it was a yellow but obviously he was a little bit naughty with a hand in the face a little bit later on.”



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