Burnley midfielder Joey Barton has taken to social network Twitter to vent his anger over the fact that his side were not presented with the Championship trophy after their victory at Charlton Athletic yesterday.
The trophy was taken to the Riverside for Middlesbrough's game against Brighton & Hove Albion, after fears that Charlton's disgruntled supporters could stage a protest against their owners and spoil the anticipated celebrations, as reported in the Daily Mail.
Barton tweeted about how much his side deserved the trophy, and labelled the decision not to be presented with it 'a shambles':
Trophy should have been there yesterday. We earned it. 46 games. 23 undefeated. And lifting blow up/cardboard trophies? Shambles.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) May 8, 2016
Burnley wrapped up their league title with a 3-0 victory at the Valley this weekend, while the Teeside club could only draw, although that result did ensure Aitor Karanka's men promotion to the Premier League. Barton also took to Twitter to congratulate Boro, along with wishing those in the play-off spots luck:
Well done to Boro on finishing as runners up. And good luck to Brighton, Hull, Derby and Sheff Wed in the playoffs. Great way to go up.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) May 8, 2016
Burnley fans will be relieved they have achieved automatic promotion, with the play-offs renowned for unpredictability. Sheffield Wednesday face Brighton while Hull City take on Derby County in what is one of the strongest looking play-off line-ups in recent history.
Although Barton has a history of controversial comments on Twitter, this time he at least seems to have a valid point. The Clarets will now be presented with the trophy in front of their home fans at Burnley Town Hall on Monday night.