SUNDERLAND boss Paolo Di Canio had the last laugh after being taken down by Joey Barton at St James’ Park.
The Italian played the pantomime villain, being booed from the minute he stepped on the pitch as he turned out for AC Milan Glorie at a charity testimonial match to mark Steve Harper’s 20 years at the club.
Barton – now at QPR – had been egged on by Newcastle fans on Twitter all week to foul the Sunderland manager, and duly obliged after his second-half appearance as a substitute.
Di Canio, however, responded in good spirit and showed he practiced what he preached when it came to discipline.
He even blew kisses to the booing crowd as he ran on to the pitch at the start of the match.
Di Canio was also to have the last laugh. After the game ended goalless, Milan won 2-1 on penalties, with Di Canio converting his spot kick – and Barton having his effort saved.