Tottenham keeper Brad Friedel has branded Fabian Barthez “ignorant” and “disrespectful” after the former Manchester United stopper said he was baffled by Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas' decision to keep the American as his number one despite the signing of Hugo Lloris, reports the Independent.
Former France international Barthez is clearly bemused at the 34-year-old manager's management of the situation involving his country's current first-choice shot-stopper.
"Lloris is one of the five best goalkeepers in the world," Barthez told Le Parisien.
"He is faster than Friedel, he jumps higher and he is very strong mentally.
"What is happening now is incomprehensible, but I'm not concerned. He will become the centre-piece of the club. Hugo is a calm guy, a good worker. Tottenham will not let him stay on the bench for a long time."
Friedel took offence, however, and wrote on Twitter: "Just saw barthez comments. I normally don't comment on such c**p but when disrespected by someone I don't respect I must.
"Barthez was ignorant, disrespectful and out of order to mention my name."