Joey Barton’s on-pitch moments of madness are well documented so it comes as little surprise that he would be quick to take to social networking site Twitter to give his opinion on Pepe’s red-card incident on Monday.
The Real Madrid defender was sent off in the 37th minute of Portugal’s opening Group G clash against Germany at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.
Pepe appeared to catch Thomas Muller with a flailing arm, leading the Bayern Munich forward to go down.
The 31-year-old centre-back was clearly not happy with reaction of the Germany international and nudged his head against his face while Muller was on the ground.
The referee saw the incident and did not have any hesitation in sending off the former Porto defender.
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Portugal were already 2-0 down at that stage, thanks to goals from Muller and Mats Hummels, and after Pepe’s dismissal, Joachim Low’s side struck twice more to complete a 4-0 rout. Muller scored them both to complete the first hat-trick of the 2014 World Cup finals.
As a one time connoisseur of the dark arts of madness, in my expert opinion, that from Pepe, was supreme, world class madness. HT 3-0— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) June 16, 2014
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was also following the contest between Portugal and Germany and had his say on Pepe’s dismissal.
Pepe......stupid. Let his teammates down here. Pepe after Ronaldo is their most important player. Missing.— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) June 16, 2014