Nene Suffers 'Joey Barton' Moment During Qatar Stars League Match

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterMarch 20, 2013

Former Paris Saint-Germain striker Nene has found himself in disciplinary trouble just two months after moving to the Qatar Stars League.

The Brazilian was playing for his new club, Al-Gharafa, against Al-Arabi on Tuesday night but was dismissed after receiving a second yellow card during the game.

The winger attempted to protest the decision but was prevented from doing so by Al-Arabi defender Houssine Kharja, who shouldered Nene away from the match official.

Nene did not take kindly to the Moroccan's intervention and landed a punch to the back of his opponent's head.

The incident prompted a mass brawl at the end of which Kharja is seen to launch into Nene, who was backing away from the trouble.

Both players are now facing suspensions after the altercation, while the clubs involved could also be disciplined.

But the situation bears a remarkable similarity to the situation which saw Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton, who is now on loan at Olympique de Marseille, banned for 12 games after the final day of the Premier League season last year.

The former England international was involved in an unsavoury incident when he attempted to headbutt Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany after he was dismissed during City's 3-2 win which clinched the league title.

Barton also kicked out at City striker Sergio Aguero after he was sent from the field following a clash with Carlos Tevez which resulted in his red card.