Originally Posted by ned_werby
bollocks - any self-respecting referee will resent being told he's a halfwit who can't do his job.
Either that or he'll be thinking "I can't be seen to book/give something against/send off Joey Barton just because his name's Joey Barton, or I can't be seen to go easy on people fouling Joey Barton just because he's Joey Barton."
That's why I was saying it's a decent strategy if it works. It's a very old trick but it's worth a try.