After being shown the red card, he flipped out and kicked eventual hero Sergio Aguero. The red card comes with an automatic four-game ban but his post-game comments have upped the ante.
Barton is apparently claiming that the kick was a deliberate attempt to bait Man City into losing a player of its own, to level the playing field.
"The head was never gone at any stage, once I'd been sent off, one of our players suggested I should try to take one of theirs with me. It never worked but god loves a trier."
Friend of the program, Mario Balotelli almost indulged him, but not even Mario was that stupid.