Lineker defended Shearer by posting a message to Barton saying:
"Still raging then? Still kicking out? And still, presumably, misunderstood? But only by yourself I suspect."
Barton responded with a string of venomous retorts that included a threat to reveal the skeletons in the former England striker's closet.
"do u wanna go there publicly "Mr Squeaky Clean" ? Think u should have a look in that vast closet of skeltons before u respond.
"I know a lot about THAT side to u the people don't and won't bat an eye lid at exposing u. So mind ur manners Squeaky...
"now back under your stone you odious little toad..."