15 times teammates in football have ended up fighting

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Alan Shearer and Michael Owen have been at each other’s throats on social media this week.

Owen angered his former teammate by admitting he still regrets joining Newcastle United, the club Shearer loves and where he’s still idolised.

Shearer took a dig at Owen, who then responded by claiming the ex-England striker wanted to join Liverpool. "Not sure you are as loyal to Newcastle as you make out mate," he added.

The beef between the two former Premier League strikers goes back to their time at Newcastle.

But they’re not the only teammates to come to blows…

Lee Bowyer v Kieron Dyer (2005)

We’ll start with an all-time classic. One of the most famous examples of teammates coming to blows.

Lee Boywer and Kieron Dyer had a full-on scrap while playing for Newcastle United in a Premier League match against Aston Villa.

Both men were shown red card before appearing in an incredible awkward press conference a day later with their manager Graeme Souness, who said at the time he’d "never seen anything like” it on a football pitch.

Thomas Gravesen v Robinho (2006)

One of the most one-sided match-ups in the history of teammate bust-ups, Robinho is lucky he made it out of this particular Real Madrid training session alive.

Thomas Gravesen caught Robinho with a mis-timed tackle during a pre-season training session in Austria and all hell broke loose.

Gravesen had to be held back by his teammates before he ripped the lightweight Brazilian forward’s head off.

John Hartson v Eyal Berkovic (1998)

We’re going all the way back to the 1990s for this one.

John Hartson kicked Eyal Berkovic in the head in one of the most shocking training ground clips of the Premier League era.

"I brought a lot of embarrassment on my family, I felt ashamed," a remorseful Hartson told BBC Sport in 2014, admitting it was the biggest regret of his career.

David Batty v Graeme Le Saux (1995)

Staying in the 90s briefly, who can forget the time Graeme Le Saux punched David Batty during Blackburn Rovers’ Champions League clash against Spartak Moscow.

Batty was tough and Le Saux, well, wasn’t… which makes this video all the more shocking looking back on it.

Alan Shearer v Keith Gillespie (1997)

There’s no video footage of this incident, unfortunately, so we’ll let Keith Gillespie explain what happened.

“We were away on a mid-season break, and I knocked some cutlery off the table accidentally,” the retired winger revealed, per talkSPORT.

“[Shearer] looked over to say ‘pick that up’, and I just didn’t like the way he was talking to me.

“I just turned round and said: ‘Right. Outside now!’ And he took me up on the offer.

“I didn’t think he would, but I was a bit too proud to back down. We ended up going outside, and I took one swing and missed, and he hit me – and that was goodnight.”


Jermaine Beckford v Eoin Doyle (2016)

Similar to the Bowyer v Dyer incident, Preston teammates Jermaine Beckford and Eoin Doyle were both sent off in December 2016 after getting into a fight while playing against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

Craig Bellamy v John Arne Riise (2007)

You’ve probably heard this famous story many times now.

John Arne Riise refused to take part in a karaoke during a training camp in Portugal ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League tie with Barcelona.

He went back to his room, where a furious and unhinged Craig Bellamy entered and started attacking the Norwegian full-back with a golf club.

Bellamy went on to score against Barcelona and celebrated by pretending to swing a golf club.

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Neymar v Nelson Semedo (2017)

Neymar was involved in a training ground fight with Nelson Semedo weeks before he left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain.

The Brazilian forward ended up storming out of the training session in Miami after being held back by Sergio Busquets.

The bust-up was captured on camera.

Kylian Mbappe v Andrea Raggi (2017)

Even seemingly mild-mannered personalities can get into scraps with teammates.

Kylian Mbappe was sent home from training in 2017 after he was involved in a ‘furious row’ with Andrea Raggi.

Like Neymar, Mbappe would end up at PSG shortly afterwards.


Ousmane Dembele v Roman Burki (2017)

What was it with want-away young forwards getting into fights with their own teammates in the summer of 2017?

Ousmane Dembele and Roman Burki’s training ground bust-up was filmed and weeks later the talented young forward secured a big-money move to Barcelona.

Naby Keita v Diego Demme (2017)

Training sessions can sometimes be just as competitive as real matches, which means things can go heated from time to time.

When Naby Keita was taken down by a tough tackle from his RB Leipzig teammate Diego Demme, the midfielder got revenge for a full-blooded challenge of his own.

The training session was subsequently halted, with Demme doubled over in pain and clutching his knee.

Photos and a video clip emerged days later showing the two teammates had buried the hatchet.

Maxi Lopez v Mauro Icardi (2016)

The Argentinians were teammates at Sampdoria but their relationship broke down after Mauro Icardi started seeing - and then later married - Maxi Lopez’s ex-wife Wanda Nara.

When they came face-to-face during a Serie A clash between Inter and Torino in 2016, Lopez blanked Icardi during the pre-match handshakes.

Wilfried Zaha v Ravel Morrison (2013)

England Under-21s were 5-0 up against Lithuania but that didn't stop Wilfried Zaha and Ravel Morrison from getting into a heated spat.

Zaha felt that Morrison wasn't passing to him and was shoved in the face by his teammate.

These two ended up taking very different paths during their respective careers.

Emmanuel Adebayor v Nicklas Bendtner (2008)

Arsenal were losing 4-1 to bitter rivals Tottenham when Emmanuel Adebayor and Nicklas Bendtner started pushing and shoving.

Lord Bendtner came away with a bloody nose.

Adebayor later explained that his beef with Bendtner started over a refusal by the Dane to take off his trainers indoors.

"There was a rule at Arsenal where no one is allowed to come into the dressing room with trainers or house shoes on. I cannot understand why Nicklas came every day with his shoes on,” Adebayor told the Telegraph.

So he cornered the cocky young Dane. "Nicklas, you are a footballer, I am a footballer,’’ Adebayor told him. "Maybe I am better than you, maybe you are better than me but you have to respect everyone. There are rules saying you cannot come into the dressing-room with your house shoes. Take them off.’’

According to Adebayor, Bendtner "never took them off and things started from there. I cannot accept that. Even if that happened tomorrow at City, I would fight with somebody.’’

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic v Oguchi Onyewu (2010)

You either have to be very brave or very stupid to take on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a black-belt in Taekwondo and a loose cannon, in a fight.

We’re not sure whether it’s the former or the latter with Oguchi Onyewu, but the former Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic defender found himself in a scrap with Zlatan while playing for AC Milan in 2010.

“I head-butted him, and we flew at each other,” Ibra wrote in his autobiography. “We wanted to tear each other limb from limb. It was brutal. We were rolling around, punching and kneeing each other. We were crazy and furious — it was like life and death.”

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