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Joey Barton takes on former teammate over Gaza conflict

Joey Barton was promoted last season with Queen's Park Rangers. Photo:

Controversial footballer Joey Barton has got involved in a Twitter row with former Queen's Park Rangers team-mate Yossi Benayoun over the Gaza crisis.

Israel international Benayoun was recently involved in an on-pitch scuffle when pro-Palestinian protesters interrupted a game between his current team, Maccabi Haifa, and French side Lille.

The former Chelsea and Liverpool player branded Barton "stupid" after the midfielder published a series of tweets condemning the Israeli government's actions.

Yossi Benayoun turned out for QPR last season alongside Joey Barton. Credit: Clive Gee/EMPICS Sport

He hit back at a tweet from Barton claiming there were "innocent children being slaughtered" as a result of the Israeli offensive in Gaza.

The Israeli government has blamed Hamas militants for the crisis, claiming they are continuing to target Israeli civilians with rocket fire.

Never one to shirk a battle on or off the pitch, Barton hit back with some more barbed claims about the situation.

However, he did finish his correspondence on a more diplomatic note.