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Five times Premier League stars fought it out with teammates

Following a clash between Aston Villa colleagues Anwar El Ghazi and Tyrone Mings on Monday night, we looked back at some infamous fights between teammates over the years. 

The two players had a, erm, disagreement during their goalless draw with West Ham United this week that quickly descended into a physical confrontation.

Strong words were clearly being had before the two square up and El Ghazi bumped heads with the centre-back. It went no further than that, but the two had to be kept apart by several players.

It was relatively harmless by the standards of some really heated brawls between teammates in the past, and Mike Dean gave them a stern talking to, but refrained from whipping out the red card.

They were lucky in that sense, but where does it rank in the biggest fallouts and fights between players on the same team?

Five times Premier League teammates fought with each other:

Lee Bowyer vs Kieron Dyer, 2005

There are days in football where you just get fed up, the frustration levels are rising and you’re set to blow. With Newcastle United losing 3-0 to Aston Villa and down to ten men, both Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer got to this stage and took it out on each other.

Afterwards Magpies boss Graeme Souness said he had “never seen anything like it”, which is really saying something.

Afterwards Magpies boss Graeme Souness said he had “never seen anything like it”, which is really saying something.

Emmanuel Adebayor vs Nicklas Bendtner, 2008

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It’s never nice losing a derby, but when Arsenal were 4-1 down to Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup semi-finals in 2008, strike partners Emmanuel Adebayor and Nicklas Bendtner started pushing and shoving each other.

The Dane came away with a bloody nose, while Arsene Wenger typically claimed not to have seen the incident.

Craig Bellamy vs John Arne Riise, 2007

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After a team night out during a warm-weather training camp, the Welshman attacked Riise with a golf club in his hotel room. The Norwegian later wrote that he was lucky his shins weren’t broken and career ended there and then.

Bellamy celebrated his equaliser for Liverpool against Barcelona by performing a mock golf swing, revealing the “sincerity of his apology” for his cowardly act of violence.

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David Batty vs Graeme le Saux, 1995

It took just four minutes of Blackburn Rovers’ Champions League tie against Spartak Moscow for Batty and Le Saux to have a right go at each other.

The two bundled into each other chasing an errant pass, and it soon descended into shoving, throat-grabbing and Le Saux even threw a punch at Batty. Rovers ended up losing the game 3-0.


Thomas Gravesen vs Robinho, 2006

Former Everton hard man Gravesen has never been one for pulling out of a tackle, but after leaving one in on Robinho during a pre-season training camp the Brazilian decided he would retaliate by throwing a punch at his teammate. Big mistake.

The Dane went for his Real Madrid colleague, and the two had to be separated by the rest of the squad.


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