The National:

THE Scottish singer Amy Macdonald humiliated a former England international footballer after he claimed women shouldn’t be permitted to talk “with authority” about men’s football on television.

On Wednesday, Joey Barton took aim at female pundits discussing men’s football in a post on X/Twitter.

He said: “Women shouldn't be talking with any kind of authority in the men's game. Come on. Let's be serious.

“It’s a completely different game. If you don’t accept that. We will always see things differently. The women’s game is thriving. Fantastic to see. I cannot take a thing they say serious in the men’s arena.”

He then implied that any man who disagreed with him was eunuch.

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The currently unemployed ex-professional footballer was invited onto Piers Morgan’s Talk TV show on Thursday night to discuss his views.

During the programme he alleged that women were only being allowed to commentate on men’s football “to fit this woke agenda”.

Seemingly undeterred by the wave of criticism he was receiving on social media, Barton doubled down with a series of tweets.

He said: “Stand by everything I’ve said on Women commenting and co-comms on the Men’s football.

“Like me talking about Knitting or Netball. Way out of my comfort zone.

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“Some of the Men are bad enough! We have gone too far.

“You cannot watch a game now without hearing the nonsense.

“Any man who says otherwise is an absolute fart parcel.”

However, Macdonald decided to apply Barton’s logic to his own television appearances.

Macdonald replied: “I remember seeing you on Question Time. Fully in your comfort zone, furnishing us with your political expertise.”

In 2014, Barton appeared on an episode of BBC Question Time where he faced criticism for describing UKIP as “one of four ugly girls” to choose from in an election.

Perhaps Barton might benefit from listening to Macdonald's sarcastic criticism given that she appears to be more popular in the footballing world than he is at present.