Joey Barton Criticises QPR Fans On Twitter, So Is He Too Honest For His Own Good? (POLL)

The Huffington Post UK  |  By Posted: 22/03/2012 14:40 Updated: 22/03/2012 14:58

Avid and candid, Joey Barton criticised Queens Park Rangers fans who booed him during the club's dramatic 3-2 win over Liverpool last night.

Barton, signed from Newcastle in the summer, has courted much controversy for his forthright views on the social networking site, and labelled the booers "bells".

The 29-year-old was replaced in the 69th minute by eventual match winner, Jamie Mackie, after QPR found themselves 2-0 down against Liverpool.

Barton has under-performed since his switch to the south and, earning a reported £80,000 a week, has exasperated Hoops supporters with his displays.

Barton tweets again:


Joseph Barton
Disappointed with fans booing, were meant to be in it together. They won't break me, guaranteed. I've been through much worse.

The QPR captain admitted he "was awful tonight" and suggested it was the "Worst I've ever played in my career."

Footballers may preach how booing doesn't affect them, but there have been a series of examples which suggest otherwise.

Wayne Rooney, whose two World Cups in 2006 and 2010 have both been forgettable affairs, could not contain his disgust at England fans jeering the side off after a gormless and goalless draw against Algeria in the latter tournament.

"Nice to see your home (sic) fans boo you, that's loyal supporters," the Manchester United striker shouted at a camera. It wasn't the last time he got into some mither with a pitch-side camera either.

Cristiano Ronaldo meanwhile refused to celebrate a goal for Real Madrid this season after he was booed by the Bernabeu crowd.

The world record £80m man was jeered after his December Clasico display against Barcelona and, after scoring against Granada a month later, opted against taking the acclaim.

Asked why crowds often boo him in September 2011, he was modest in his conclusion.

"I think that because I am rich, handsome and a great player people are envious of me. I don't have any other explanation."

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