HARRY Arter might operate a vastly different social media policy to Joey Barton, but the Cherries midfielder insists his respect for the ex-England international on the pitch remains undiminished. 

Having courted controversy throughout his career, Barton currently has more than 2.4million followers on Twitter and regularly offers forthright opinions on issues within football and beyond.

The QPR midfielder is expected to miss this afternoon’s crunch Championship fixture at Dean Court, but Arter told the Daily Echo: “He’s got his views on things and that’s fair enough. Everyone’s got their views but he decides to tweet his rather than keep them to himself.

“I wouldn’t be that sort of personality that would ever put tweets out there for a debate but that’s his style, so each to their own.

“He’s gone through a lot in his career so he probably feels he can comment on certain situations that he’s experienced himself. If that’s what he wants to do, that’s up to him.

“On the pitch he’s a good player and one I respect. He is getting a little bit older now but has done really well in the Championship and has helped QPR a lot.”