After the bust up between Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez it got us here at UCLan Live thinking about five times team mates have come to blows.
Sterling was still angry about Manchester City’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool and confronted Gomez about the game. The two international teammates had to be separated, with Gomez emerging for training the next day with a scratch underneath his eye.
Sterling has been dropped by England manager Gareth Southgate for tonight’s Euro 2020 Qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley.
Eoin Doyle and Jermaine Beckford- Preston North End, 2016
With Preston North End 2-1 down and chasing an equaliser against Sheffield Wednesday in December 2016, the two strikers received red cards for fighting with each other.
Doyle had earlier got one back for North End, and they looked like they might’ve been able to nick a point, as Wednesday were down to nine men. But in the 90th minute Doyle squared a ball to right back Marnick Vermijl rather than Beckford, and the Belgian blazed the ball over the bar.
The duo clashed and had to be separated by teammates before both were shown red cards. The players were fined by the club, with the money raised from the fines used to reimburse the travelling fans who were let down by the actions of the players.
Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer- Newcastle, 2005
Newcastle already down to 10 men, and trailing Aston Villa 3-0, at this point you’d expect a team to shut up shop, and enter damage limitation mode.
Except Newcastle decided to do the complete opposite. Lee Bowyer belived Kieron Dyer was intentionally not passing him the ball, which Dyer confirmed, allegedly telling Bowyer: “The reason I don’t pass to you is because you’re s***, basically. “
Then all hell broke loose, Bowyer leaned his head into Dyer’s and Dyer responded by pushing his palm into Bowyer’s face, which led to two punches by Bowyer and a tussle between the duo, all whilst the Magpies were in possession of the ball.
Both received their marching orders and Newcastle ended the match with just eight men.
Joey Barton and Ousmane Dabo- Manchester City 2007
On 1 May 2007 in a training session the two Manchester City midfielders got into a scuffle.
Dabo claims he pushed Barton away and started walking off, before being hit on the back of his head by the Scouser which knocked him to the floor. Barton then continued to pound away at the Frenchman before being pulled away by teammates.
Dabo recalls that when he came around there was blood everywhere, and that he resembled the Elephant Man. As a result of the Englishman’s assault Dabo suffered a detached retina.
The now Fleetwood Town manager pleaded guilty to assault, and was handed a four month suspended sentence and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service.
Gabriel Heinze and Roy Keane- Manchester United 2004
You don’t mess with Roy Keane. It’s just one of the unwritten rules of football. Gabriel Heinze could be forgiven for not knowing this due to the fact he claims he didn’t speak much English at the time.
After a defeat to Middlesbrough in 2004, Keane called out the Argentine, telling him to “f*** off.” Heinze says he only understood the “bad words” in English.
The left back responded by telling the Irishman to “f*** off” Then he doesn’t remember much else as Keane knocked him out.
John Arne Riise and Craig Bellamy- Liverpool 2007
Ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Barcelona in 2007 the squad went on a relaxing break to the Algarve, but it turned out to be anything but relaxing when John Arne Riise and Craig Bellamy got into a fight.
Bellamy was demanding that Riise have a go on kareoke, but he refused.
Riise wrote in his autobiography: “Furious, I went over to him: ‘I’m not singing. Shut the f*** up or else I’m gonna smash you!’ He screamed back: ‘I’m gonna f***ing kill you, you ginger ****!'”
Bellamy took offence at the disrespect he was shown by the left back and proceeded to let himself into Riise’s hotel room, armed with a golf club.
He swung down at Riise’s shins, but the Norwegian managed to duck out of the way, before using a bedsheet to try and protect himself from the Welshman. Bellamy hit Riise twice, once on the hip and once on the thigh.