In fact the QPR player decided it was an opportune moment to brand Hamilton a “tax exile” and bemoaned the fact he brought his dog, Roscoe, along to the awards ceremony in Glasgow.
He also said the F1 champion was a “poor role model”, presumably due to tax affairs, rather than his choice of guest.
However, Hamilton, worth an estimated £68 million, said yesterday that he does pay taxes in the UK.
Golfer Rory McIlroy came second and long-distance runner Jo Pavey third.
Can't believe they gave SPOTY to Hamilton. 1. Formula 1 is the most boring sport ever. 2. He brought a dog with him. 3. He's a tax exile.; Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) December 15, 2014
McIlroy, wins multiple golf Majors and Ryder Cup. Froch, boxing World champion. In fact every other nominee was more deserving the Hamilton.; Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) December 15, 2014
Tax exile's should be exempt from winning trophies paid and voted for by the tax/licence payer.; Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) December 15, 2014
He should never have won. He is a terrible role model to any Britain. What precedent does that set. Bad day in our history.; Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) December 15, 2014
Hamilton faced a backlash over his financial affairs in 2007 when he moved to tax haven Monaco.
“What people don’t realise is that I pay tax here, but I don’t earn all my money here,” he told Sunday Times Style. “I race in 19 different countries, so I earn my money in 20 different places and I pay tax in several different places, and I pay a lot here as well.
“I am contributing to the country and, not only that, I help to keep a team of more than 1,000 people employed.”
Barton, who is known for his lively Twitter contributions, last week reacted to a death threat by calmly correcting the cyber troll’s grammatical errors.Reuse content