The Team-Mate Scuffle XI

Ollie Irish

9th, August 2007


The next Pies XI features a group of players who love nothing better than to fight among themselves.
Bruce Grobbelaar
Once grabbed a young Steve McManaman by the throat during a heated debate after the winger dared to yell back at him as he berated the winger for a weak clearance at the end of the Merseyside derby in 1993.

Andy Myers
His Bradford skipper Stuart McCall needed stitches to a facial wound after the pair clashed during a 6-1 derby drubbing against Leeds in 2001.
Craig Levein
If you thought pre-season was a time for the team to bond and iron out any problems calmly before the serious stuff starts, think again. Levein was banned for 12 matches in 1994 for decking team-mate Graeme Hogg during a friendly against Raith Rovers.
Olof Mellberg
Sparked a brawl with team-mate Freddie Ljungberg during a Sweden training match after a robust challenge on the then Arsenal man. The pair are far from the best of buddies and have numerous bust-ups while on international duty. You can see the incident about 2min 45secs into this video.

Graeme Le Saux
Kicked off on Blackburn team-mate David Batty after a row over a throw-in during a Champions League tie with Spartak Moscow. He must have been feeling brave that day!
Kieron Dyer
We are dangerously playing him in midfield alongside Lee Bowyer and we all know what trouble that can cause. Dyer came to blows with Bowyer during Newcastle’s match against Aston Villa in 2005.

David Batty
In the side for his part in the punch-up with Le Saux. Probably still loses sleep over failing to deck the left-back. The pair both received two-match bans for gross unsporting behaviour.
Lee Bowyer
Bowyer inevitably makes the team too for his bust-up with Dyer. You’ve got to love the midfielder’s psycho face as he gets dragged away!
Joey Barton
Currently facing an assault charge after allegedly beating up Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo during a training session.
John Hartson
Kicked West Ham team-mate Eyal Berkovic in the head during a training session after the Israeli chucked a wobbly.

Daniel Mudau
Most of these incidents were brought on by stressful circumstances, but South African Madau is the only player in the team to have escaped a drive-by shooting before the game. He took exception to Sundowns team-mate Charles Mothlohi chickening out of taking a penalty and leaving it to defender Michael Manzini to miss the decisive spot-kick. Madau understandably took out his frustrations on Mothlohi.

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  1. Adam says:

    Re: Eyal Berkovic
    It’s REALLY stupid to punch someone when your on your knees like that. On my high school team, one of my teammates tackled someone on the opposing team, who took exception and, while still on his knees, punched my teammate in the back. My teammate then spun around and smashed the other guy in the face, sending him to the hospital.
    So remember to stand up before you attack someone from behind.

  2. Col says:

    If i remember rightly David Batty called Greame Le Saux a f-ing puff. That Batty, friendly chap.