The centre-back had already been cautioned earlier in the tournament when he received a second booking during the quarter-final win over Colombia for attempting to prevent goalkeeper David Ospina from making a quick clearance.
There has not been too much negative press coverage of the incident, but Queens Park Rangers midfielder Barton has insisted that the Paris Saint-Germain defender "should be getting caned" for his actions.
"Thiago Silva should be getting caned for the booking he picked up. What a stupid way to miss a WC semi final. At least get it for a tackle," Barton wrote on Twitter.