Joey Barton was less than impressed with Eni Aluko’s punditry during last night’s FA Cup third round tie
The game produced little by way of drama, aside from the controversial sending-off of Toffees’ striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, which is set to be the subject of an appeal.
Despite the less than incident packed 90 minutes, Barton, who once represented his country for a grand total of 12 minutes, took issue with Aluko’s analysis.
Referring to Aluko, capped on over 100 occasions by the Lionesses, Barton wrote on X: ‘How is she even talking about Men’s football. She can’t even kick a ball properly.
‘Your coverage of the game EFC last night, took it to a new low. Eni Aluko and Lucy Ward, the Fred and Rose West of football commentary.’
Barton’s message, which referenced two of Britain’s most notorious child killers, prompted a furious reaction on the social media platform, but he didn’t stop there.
Eni Aluko enjoyed a long and successful England career (Picture: Getty)
Joey Barton’s England career lasted a grand total of 12 minutes (Picture: Getty)
Responding to an old video of Aluko training by taking shots against a goalkeeper, he wrote: ‘Technically, that’s awful,’ he said. ‘She can’t move without her legs rubbing together. You have to laugh. She’s 18 yds out and can’t reach the goal without a bounce!
‘F***ing pathetic. Get them off the Men’s Football. Off the tele. Only there to tick boxes. DEI is a load of s**t. Affirmative action.
‘All off the back of the BLM/George Floyd nonsense. Cancel me, I’d don’t care anymore.’
The 41-year-old, a convicted criminal, has waged war on a clutch of England’s most successful female footballers over the course of the last month, taking particular issue with their increasing involvement in the men’s game.
Newly crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year Mary Earps was branded a ‘big sack of spuds’ by the former Manchester City midfielder, who was sacked by Bristol Rovers last October having overseen a miserable run of results as manager of the League One club.
Barton has also singled out Alex Scott for particularly stinging criticism, but the former England star answered in the best way possible following the BBC’s recent coverage of Arsenal’s recent WSL win over Chelsea.
‘Just before we say goodbye,’ Scott said. ‘To all the women in football, in front of the camera or behind it, to the players on the pitch, to everyone that attends games – keep being the role models that you continue to be to all those young girls that are told ‘no, you can’t’.
‘Football is a better place with us all in it.’
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The depraved insult has caused outrage.