In the dying embers of the Championship
clash at the Reebok Stadium, with his team trailing 1-0, frustration got the
better of 23-year-old Barnes.
As this video shows (from 50 seconds in) the ball was hoofed up to him in the
Bolton half but intercepted, and as the opposition charged away from him,
and referee Nigel Miller races to keep up with play, Barnes petulantly stuck
out his foot in an odd attempt to trip the official over. Not a wise move.
Miller stumbled but regained his balance, and immediately showed the player a
red card, pointing him in the direction of the changing rooms.
A Bolton official who spoke to the referee, who did not speak to the media
after the game, confirmed that Barnes had been sent off "for
misconduct, trying to trip the ref".
Brighton manager Gus Poyet was - understandably - not pleased, especially as
Barnes will now have a four-match ban. He said: "In football sometimes
you do things that regret after. He knows what he's done and I'm not going
to kill him, you try to make sure he controls himself better the next time."