On the biggest stage that his Queen Park Rangers had occupied all year, Joey Barton came out looking like a raving lunatic.
QPR was taking on Manchester City with City's EPL title hopes on the line and relegation possibly looming in QPR's future.
All eyes were on this match—especially as it became apparent that QPR was not going to go down to City quietly.
The pressure and intensity were revved up, and it was at a higher level than Barton's common sense could take. Tied at one in the 55-minute mark, Joey Barton sent a vicious elbow that landed flush on the cranium of Man City's Carlos Tevez. The action rightfully earned Barton a red card and was a disgraceful and unwarranted act on its own.
However, Barton did not stop there.
He began arguing and bickering with City players and the ref after his foolish elbow. But he had no room to argue; the elbow was flagrant.
That led to an even more disgusting level of cowardly disgrace by Barton: He kicked Sergio Aguero in the back of his leg when Aguero wasn't even looking at him. This was an inexplicable act.
The kick was not in the heat of game play. It came as Barton should have been reaching a point of remorse for his terrible elbow, but instead he chose to compound his mistake with another sinister action.
It was a pitiful display of lack of anger control. It is something that will permanently stain Barton's name, place his team in unfavorable light and cause a black eye for the sport that provides him with a nice living.
Barton will certainly be facing a long suspension when play resumes next season, and rightfully so. There is no room for this kind of childishness in the game.