When team-mates come to blows: Tottenham duo Lloris and Son’s bust-up follows in the footsteps of Batty and Le Saux boiling over in sub-zero Moscow and Bowyer’s furious charge towards a shell-shocked Dyer in 2005
- Lloris was furious at Son during Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Everton on Monday
- It’s just the latest of a long line of team-mates clashing on the football pitch
- Newcastle’s Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer came to blows on the pitch in 2005
- Blackburn duo David Batty and Graeme Le Saux fought during game in Moscow
- Bruce Grobbelaar gave Steve McManaman a slap across the face back in 1993
Jose Mourinho seemed to enjoy the frank exchange of opinions between Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-min on Monday night. His players and Tottenham fans not so much.
Goalkeeper Lloris made a very swift beeline to Son as the half-time whistle blew during their meeting with Everton and wasn’t shy in giving the South Korean a piece of his mind – and a little shove.
Spurs captain Lloris was far from happy that Son didn’t track back when Everton attacked and it took Giovani Lo Celso, Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko to separate them.
Spurs stars Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-min were seen clashing at half time on Monday
Lloris raced over to confront his team-mate as the north London club were leaving the field
The Frenchman pushed the attacker and team-mates had to intervene to separate the pair
The pair had made up by the final whistle, helped by the fact Tottenham beat Everton 1-0
Mourinho, however, described the moment as ‘beautiful’, claiming it was all somehow part of his masterplan to eek more out of his players during an underwhelming season.
Everyone else probably saw it more as a symptom of the disfunction Mourinho has brought to Spurs, a sign of a less than harmonious dressing room.
But it’s far from the first time team-mates have clashed on the field. Sportsmail takes a look back at some other classic moments of ‘friendly fire’.
Lee Bowyer vs Kieron Dyer, 2005
There’s rarely a dull moment at Newcastle United and that was certainly the case during a horror show of a performance against Aston Villa back in 2005.
Trailing 3-0 at home and down to 10 men, Dyer and Bowyer came to blows on the pitch in front of 50,000 people.
Dyer later revealed that Bowyer was furious he wasn’t passing the ball to him in Newcastle’s midfield, to which Dyer had replied: ‘The reason I don’t pass to you is because you’re s*** basically.’
Newcastle duo Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer had it out on the pitch back in 2005
After a tirade of swear words, Bowyer walked over and started throwing punches. Both were sent off and club staff had to sit between them in the home dressing room until the final whistle.
Jean-Alain Boumsong came in and told them to fight it out in the dressing room before manager Graeme Souness entered and calmed tensions – by threatening to fight them both!
Dyer received a three-match ban for the sending off but Bowyer, judged to be the aggressor, was banned for seven matches and fined six weeks’ wages.
Newcastle manager Graeme Souness made Dyer and Bowyer publicly apologise for the scrap
David Batty vs Graeme Le Saux, 1995
It may have been below zero in Moscow but that didn’t stop things boiling over between Blackburn Rovers duo David Batty and Graeme Le Saux back in November 1995.
Rovers were the reigning Premier League champions but their subsequent Champions League campaign was an unmitigated disaster.
The pair collide while chasing the ball close to the touchline before coming to blows a few seconds later. Tim Sherwood has little choice but to step in.
Blackburn Rovers pair Graeme Le Saux and David Batty collide back in November 1995
Blackburn went on to lose 3-0 to Spartak, their fourth loss from five in that group stage.
Spartak boss Oleg Romantsev quipped afterwards: ‘Before the match I told my players they will be playing against 11 guys ready to fight for each other for 90 minutes – not with each other.’
Jermaine Beckford vs Eoin Doyle, 2016
Preston North End were trailing Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 in this 2016 Championship fixture and desperately searching for a way back into the game against 10 men.
Beckford wasn’t happy to say the least when Doyle passed to Marnick Vermijl in the 90th-minute when he believed he was in a better position.
The pair clashed and had to be pulled apart by team-mates before both were sent off, scuppering any chance Preston had of saving the game.
In the end, Preston had to refund all of their fans who travelled to Hillsborough that night.
Preston North End pair Eoin Doyle and Jermaine Beckford go head-to-head at Hillsborough
Emmanuel Adebayor vs Nicklas Bendtner, 2008
Arsenal fans must have thought they were in a nightmare as they trailed bitter rivals Tottenham 4-1 in the semi-finals of the League Cup.
But things then took a surreal twist when strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Nicklas Bendtner became embroiled in an ugly spat.
They started arguing, pushing and shoving as the Gunners prepared to take a corner, with Adebayor appearing to headbutt his Danish team-mate, leaving him with a bloody and swollen nose.
Arsenal strikers Nicklas Bendtner and Emmanuel Adebayor came to blows back in 2008
Bendtner shows Arsenal captain William Gallas his swollen nose after the bust-up
Captain William Gallas had to separate the pair and both got a ticking off from referee Howard Webb.
Their disagreement apparently stemmed from Adebayor taking offence at Bendtner breaching club rules over wearing trainers in the dressing room.
Anwar El Ghazi vs Tyrone Mings, 2019
Son vs Lloris is very much not the first bust-up from this season. Back in September, Aston Villa’s Anwar El Ghazi appeared to headbutt his own team-mate Tyrone Mings during a goalless draw with West Ham.
Mings was livid when El Ghazi failed to track an opponent – sound familiar? – and furiously shouted at his team-mate. El Ghazi immediately flew into a rage, thrusting his head towards Mings.
The pair had to be separated by Marvelous Nakamba and Bjorn Engels. It set the tone nicely for Villa’s season.
Aston Villa winger Anwar El Ghazi appeared to headbutt team-mate Tyrone Mings on Monday
Villa manager Dean Smith insisted it was no more than a storm in a teacup.
‘I didn’t need to deal with it, the players dealt with it,’ said Smith. ‘It was dealt with by the players in the dressing room and I’m happy for that to happen, that’s the spirit in the dressing room.
‘Things happen in team sport in the heat of the moment and it was sorted very quickly. At half-time they spoke about it, shook hands and we move on.’
Mings had furiously remonstrated his teammate for failing to track his opponent back
Bruce Grobbelaar vs Steve McManaman, 1993
It’s one thing to feel the wrath of a team-mate in a run-of-the-mill fixture but a derby against your bitterest rivals is quite another.
That was the fate to befall Liverpool’s Steve McManaman after a poor clearance from a corner resulted in Everton’s Mark Ward scoring at Goodison Park in September 1993.
Goalkeeper Grobbelaar was miffed to say the least, not only giving McManaman a verbal blast but a smack round the face as well.
Bruce Grobbelaar lets Steve McManaman know about it after a poor clearance cost Liverpool a goal during the September 1993 Merseyside derby at Goodison Park
The madcap keeper not only gave McManaman a verbal blast but a slap round the face too
Liverpool went on to lose 2-0 and McManaman said many years later that ‘it ended there and then. A couple of slaps and punches and there it ended.’
Grobbelaar has recalled, however, that ‘there were a lot of boots thrown at each other’ in the dressing room afterwards.
Stuart McCall vs Andy Myers, 2001
May 2001 and Bradford City have long since been condemned to relegation from the Premier League. As a farewell gift, their West Yorkshire rivals Leeds United are thumping them 6-1 at Elland Road.
Little wonder their players are fighting with one another. In this case, Andy Myers whacks Stuart McCall in the face, drawing blood and leaving his captain requiring stitches just beneath his eye.
In retaliation, McCall aims a headbutt in Myers’ direction but doesn’t connect. Both players remained on the field and were ultimately fined two weeks’ wages. Well, if you’re going to go down without a fight…
Andy Myers (left) and Stuart McCall came to blows as Bradford were thrashed at Leeds in 2001
McCall was left with blood flowing from where Myers connected just below his eye
Ricardo Fuller vs Andy Griffin, 2008
While some incidents of ‘friendly fire’ go unpunished, Ricardo Fuller was actually sent off for giving a full and honest appraisal of team-mate Andy Griffin’s defending as Stoke lost 2-1 at West Ham in 2008.
Griffin was guilty of some lacklustre defending, falling on his backside as Carlton Cole was allowed to equalise for the Hammers.
And before Stoke could even kick off again, Fuller had walked over to Griffin, his captain no less, and slapped him round the face.
The referee didn’t hesitate to show Fuller a red card and Stoke’s afternoon went further downhill from there.
Stoke’s Ricardo Fuller was sent off for a bust-up with his team-mate Andy Griffin in 2008
Fernando Ricksen vs Vladislav Radimov, 2007
Ricksen moved to Zenit St Petersburg permanently in 2007 after a season’s loan from Rangers, reuniting with his former manager at Ibrox, Dick Advocaat.
But things didn’t get off on the best footing when he argued with team-mate Vladislav Radimov during a pre-season friendly against Spanish club Malaga.
The disagreement seemed to stem from how Zenit should best set up at a corner, with Ricksen doing most of the shouting. He was ultimately ushered off the pitch by the referee.
Advocaat smoothed things over, with both players apologising afterwards.
Shaun Derry vs Jose Fonte, 2008
Neil Warnock certainly isn’t a shrinking violet when it comes to letting players know what he’s thinking. And perhaps some of that rubbed off on two of his players at Palace – Shaun Derry and Jose Fonte.
Their bust-up came after Palace conceded a last-gasp goal at Birmingham in 2008, consigning them to defeat, with Derry grabbing Fonte by the throat amid an angry exchange of views.
Palace coaching staff had to intervene but Warnock didn’t talk about the incident afterwards, only blasting the officials for playing beyond the allotted three minutes of added time when Birmingham scored.
Shaun Derry grabs his Crystal Palace team-mate Jose Fonte by the throat back in 2008
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