Kieron Dyer lifts lid on infamous on-field brawl with Newcastle teammate Lee Bowyer | inside World Soccer

Former Newcastle United star Kieron Dyer has revealed the circumstances of his on-field brawl with teammate Lee Bowyer back in 2005.


The incident occurred during a 3-0 defeat against Aston Villa in 2005 when both players were sent off for fight at St James' Park.

Dyer was banned for three matches while Bowyer was hit with a four-game suspension and £200,000 fine having been deemed the aggressor.

Nobody was exactly sure what caused the two to fight, but now nine years on, Dyer has finally lifted the lid on the shocking incident.

The 35-year-old told Chronicle Live: "We were playing the game, he came short and wanted the ball and I passed to someone else.

"He was like 'Give me the ball' and I was like 'I haven't given the ball away, what you talking about.' Five minutes later he came again and I gave it to somebody else.

"And he said, 'You never pass to me!' I said, 'The reason I don't pass to you is because you're **** basically.'

"There were a lot of swear words. And that was it then you just saw him lose his head.

"He said, 'You what?' And I said, 'You heard me.'

"As he was walking towards me I just thought he was going to grab me or push me.

"When he was raining the punches in I thought, 'You need to get on the weights because they aren't hurting.'

"Secondly, I was thinking 'I can’t believe he's doing this in front of 50,000 people.'"

Dyer revealed that he was waiting for shirt-ripped Bowyer to walk off the field behind of him so the spat could continue in the changing room.

He added: "I didn't know you could get sent off for fighting your own team-mate, so when the red card came out I thought, 'What the hell!'

"I was sent off first and I was waiting in the tunnel to get some revenge. He came in, and we had two massive masseurs and they just dunked us on their shoulders.

"It was like a cartoon when your feet are dangling off the ground and we were trying to get at each other. We are sat in the changing room and they were in the middle of us.

"I was thinking how I could get to him. Then we heard the final whistle."


Other Newcastle players returned to the dressing room and Jean-Alain Boumsong told the pair to settle their differences there and then.

But they backed down when the then Newcastle manager Graeme Souness offered to fight them both.

Dyer said: "Boumsong came in and said, 'If you want to fight, fight now.' I was wanting to fight and get the revenge.

"Then Souness came in and said, 'If you want to fight I'll beat both of you.'

"Al (Alan Shearer) came in and I never saw him lose it like that - he went mad and called us selfish and a disgrace. He knew we'd have a three-match suspension and miss the FA Cup semi-final that was coming up."

Nine years later, Dyer and Bowyer still see one another and have repaired their friendship.

"I still see him now, we are friends. That's just the way Lee was. But I still want to beat him up," Dyer joked.


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