‘Bad boy’ Joey Barton slammed on social media for disgraceful dive

He’s the football villain so many fans love to hate.

Once compared to Lionel Messi by the Scottish media, Joey Barton has once again hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

We’re not sure what sport the Burnley midfielder thought he was competing in. We surely wouldn’t blame you if you thought he was performing a winning stunt for England’s professional diving team after his latest antics in the FA Cup last night.

The 34 year old did the unthinkable against non league side Lincoln City FC. Not only did he step on striker Matt Rhead’s foot twice, he then attempted to con the referee by going down harder than Jose Aldo against Conor McGregor.

Is this one of the most disgraceful moments in football? You be the judge. 

Ari Charilaou