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Watch: Joey Barton Tears Into Referee After He Is Sent Off During Fleetwood Loss

Watch: Joey Barton Tears Into Referee After He Is Sent Off During Fleetwood Loss

Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton was sent off as his side fell to a 2-1 loss against Bristol Rovers in their League One clash on Saturday.

The former Premier League midfielder saw red just after James Clarke scored a late winner at the Memorial Stadium. Barton was furious at the card and remonstrated with the fourth official before leaving to join Ched Evans, who had been sent off earlier, in the stand. However, his frustration with referee Brett Huxtable did not end there.

Speaking to the club's official media channel after the game, Barton claimed it was the worst refereeing performance he had ever witnessed.

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It is a very, very unjust decision. It is difficult thereafter to be complimentary about the officiating team because in my whole career they are as bad as I have ever come across. That is as bad a refereeing and an officiating performance as I've ever seen in the game. That includes junior football.

Really, really, really poor. Brett needs to have a serious look at his decision-making process today. The Bristol Rovers staff that were here that we spoke to before the game had concerns about him because he has been here and caused havoc before.

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Maurice Brosnan

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