Joey Barton has clashed with a trans referee as the former footballer continues to air his outspoken views on social media.
The 41-year-old is currently without a job after being sacked by Bristol Rovers in October.
Barton hit out earlier this month by saying female pundits and presenters should not work in men’s sports.
He also targeted a TV presenter and called him ‘fat’.
Joy Barton has caused controversy with her views on female football pundits and presenters
And Barton was criticized by fans after saying England goalkeeper Mary Earps should not have won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
The former Manchester City, QPR and Newcastle star criticized a female goalkeeper for a mistake on Thursday.
This led Lucy Clark, who describes herself as ‘the world’s first openly transgender football referee’, to respond to his comments.
“All goalkeepers make mistakes, Joey and I have seen worse mistakes in the Premier League,” Clarke said.
“Even professionals in the English game break penalties over the bar.
“You’re just a misogynist with a big blame on your shoulders…”
And Barton now responded: “Don’t you start.
“Lucy??? I’m a misogynist?
“You are not well, my friend.”
However, that didn’t end the controversy, with Clarke responding by saying: “I will call out hate when I see it for sure… These three??? are telling a lot about your views too.
“I’m fine thanks ‘buddy’ I think you’re the one who needs some help.”
Barton then posted a GIF of a clown holding up a mirror.
He captioned his post: “Hopefully Santa brings you one of these for Christmas friend.”
Barton also continues his attack on the Earps.
One fan said: “Is someone saying prime [Alan] Shearer didn’t score 100/100 penalties against the Mary Earps.”
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You don’t start.
Am I a misogynist?
You are not well my friend.
– Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) 22 December 2023
Barton said: “If Big @alanshearer had 10 pens on her at her peak she would look like a big block of Swiss cheese.”
Although the 41-year-old has sparked a backlash with his comments, the FA have still not been able to fine him.
And that’s because Barton is currently out of a job having left Bristol Rovers two months ago.
While Barton has a problem with female presenters and pundits, it appears he also has a problem with female referees.
Rebecca Welch will make history when she becomes the first woman to referee a Premier League match when Fulham take on Burnley on Saturday.
Joey Barton has feuded with Lucy Clark on social media
However, Barton has made it clear that he opposes the idea.
“Fast tracked,” he wrote on X. “RW was in Ligue 2 a few years ago. I’m not sure she’s good enough yet.
“I hope she does well because otherwise it will hold women back.
“I would be surprised if he has the athletic ability to see the whole picture to continue the play and make the right call.
“Hopefully she doesn’t slow the game down at her pace so she can avoid the physical expense required at the PL level. Stinks of tokenism.”