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Football's top five bust-ups

We take a look at some of football's best bust-ups, including stars from Liverpool, Everton, Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller was sent off yesterday after an on-field bust up with captain Andy Griffin during the Potters' 2-1 defeat at West Ham.

Here, we take a look at other incidents when team mates have clashed on the pitch.

Bruce Grobbelaar and Steve McManaman - Everton v Liverpool September 1993

A weak clearance from McManaman caused the enigmatic goalkeeper to rush out from his goal and aim a tirade of verbal abuse at the young midfielder, who responded by shouting back at the Zimbabwean. Both pushed each other in the face before McManaman walked away with Grobbelaar still raging at the midfielder.

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Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer - Newcastle v Aston Villa April 2005

The Magpies team-mates traded blows towards the end of their 3-0 home defeat. The fight reportedly came about after Dyer failed to pass to Bowyer, who marched across the field to confront his fellow midfielder. The pair had to be split up by Villa's Gareth Barry and Bowyer's shirt was ripped in the scuffle, which cost him 200,000 in club fines. Both were sent off but made a public apology soon after the match.

David Batty and Graeme Le Saux - Spartak Moscow v Blackburn November 1995

Le Saux revealed in his autobiography that he and Batty had fallen out prior to the match after Batty accused Le Saux of not passing to him. Matters came to a head in Moscow when the two went for the same ball during Rovers' 3-0 UEFA Cup defeat. The midfielder came raging at Le Saux, causing the Jersey-born player to aim a punch at Batty which broke his left hand. Le Saux later admitted it was the most embarrassing moment of his career.

Emmanuel Adebayor and Nicklas Bendtner - Tottenham v Arsenal January 2008

Tempers flared between the two when Adebayor came on to the field with Arsenal 4-0 down to their north London rivals in the second leg of their Carling Cup semi-final. The Togo striker was reportedly unhappy with the Dane's contribution to the match and confronted him. Bendtner was left with a gash on his nose after the two squared up before being dragged apart by team-mates.

 
 
 

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