Joey Barton, Chris Samba and the Top 10 Twitter Meltdowns in Football

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It’s been a great week for Twitter meltdowns: first Queens Park Rangers defender Chris Samba took to the medium to remonstrate with critics of his sizeable wage packet, then Paris Saint-Germain demand an apology from Joey Barton for tweeting his opinion that Thiago Silva looks like an “overweight ladyboy”…

Thiago Silva. That the same pussy thatsbeen injured all season. Another over rated Brazilian. Sort your hamstrings out FatBoy…

— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) April 2, 2013

Have to take back what I said about Thiago Silva being over rated today. Been immense tonight. Still looks like a overweight ladyboy though!

— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) April 2, 2013

2 questions for Thiago Silva. Firstly, Why are YOU talking about ME, in your press conference before PSG v Barca? Very strange.

— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) April 3, 2013

Secondly, Are you Pre-Op or Post-Op?#transsexual #thiagosaladyboy

— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) April 3, 2013

Baffles me, which way he’s going. Is he a man changing to a woman or a woman changing to a man? Can’t work it out.

— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) April 3, 2013

Naturally, Football Burp got thinking on other great Twitter meltdowns from recent times and came up with the following…

Peter Odemwingie

Last month, the Nigerian forward hit out at his club West Bromwich Albion for benching him in the wake of his bizarre deadline day drive down to Queens Park Rangers.

Click here to read Peter’s tweets!

Joey Barton

Oh, look! Yes, the eminent nutter was also making Twitter-related headlines as recently as January, when he exploded with rage at Dietmar Hamann after the German had chastised him for openly discussing his old clubs’ transfer business.

Click here to read Joey’s tweets!

Nile Ranger

In January, the young Newcastle United forward enraged the Toon Army faithful when he criticised them for booing and reminded them that they’re not obliged to spend their hard-earned on match tickets.

Click here to read Nile’s tweets, and a selection of the furious replies it received!

Jamie O’Hara

The Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder tweeted in December that life seemed easier when he was earning just £100 a week as a youth player, and was promptly met with tickings off from those who felt his comments to be insensitive to the not-so-handsomely remunerated (ie most people). O’Hara then went on the defensive, citing his charity work before quitting Twitter altogether.

Click here to read Jamie’s tweets!

Ashley Cole

Everybody’s favourite Chelsea left-back lashed out at the FA for criticising his evidence in their report detailing why John Terry was banned for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand. He wrote:

Hahahahaa, well done #fa I lied did I, #BUNCHOFTWATS.

This was swiftly followed by the obligatory “I apologise unreservedly” statement through his solicitor, but a few days later he was in trouble again for retweeting the following:

Ashley Cole's Shearer retweet

James McClean

The Sunderland winger ‘blasted’ Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni for leaving him on the bench to watch his team-mates struggle to a 2-1 win over Kazakhstan in September.

McClean wrote:

Delighted as a fan we got the the win.. Personal level #fuming #f****njoke #embarrassing.”

The tweet was of course deleted and followed with:

i apologise for my tweet last night, it was stupid, disrespectful and i let my frustration get the better of me which still aint an excuse.

Joey Barton

In August 2011, Newcastle United left the following terse statement on their official website:

Newcastle United can confirm that Joey Barton has been placed on the transfer list. The player has been advised that he can leave the club on a free transfer.

To which Barton, undisputed king of the Twitter meltdown, responded:

Somewhere in those high echelons of NUFC, they have decided, I am persona non grata. I am on a free but the honour of wearing those B+W stripes, surpasses that. One day the board might realise, what the shirt signifies. HONOUR and PRIDE. Thanks for your continued support …

King Meltdown’s stinging criticism followed ‘hot on the heels of’ tweets from then team mate José Enrique, who accused the club of lacking ambition and was promptly fined.

King Meltdown continued:

If only we as players could tell the fans exactly how it is, without them above fining us lots of money. If it wouldn’t effect [sic] team morale and cause unrest within the dressing room, am certain Jose’s comments would be the tip of the iceberg …

And again it would be left to those magnificent fans to pick up the remnants of their once great football club. #hadenoughofcertainpeople. If I wanted to leave, I’d just come out and say I want to leave. Things need addressing as am not prepared to go through a relegation again.

He was told he could go on a free, and the Magpies went on to finish 5th under Alan Pardew. Optimism had returned.

Darren Bent

In 2009, the now Aston Villa striker was getting agitated about his delayed transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Sunderland, tweeting the following open message to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy:

Do I wanna go Hull City NO. Do I wanna go Stoke NO. Do I wanna go Sunderland YES. So stop f*****g around Levy.

This was soon followed by:

Seriously getting p***** off now. Why can’t anything be simple. It’s so frustrating hanging around doing jack s***”.

Our personal favourite: the San Marino FA

Yes, the San Marino FA’s official twitter account – if it is indeed such – made for stupendous entertainment on the night of their 8-0 defeat at home to England.

Click here to read the San Marino FA’s tweets!

And finally, the most Italian: A.S. Roma

A.S. Roma

Can you think of any great football Twitter meltdowns that we missed? Have your say in the comments section below…