Smells like team spirit - when things are so bad, you hit your own club-mates

Last updated at 19:31 23 January 2008

Arsenal duo Nicklas Bendnter and Emanuel Adebayor may be the most recent team-mates to clash during a game - but they are not the first and won't be the last. Here Sportsmail charts some of the more famous on-pitch, inter-club punch-ups...

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Nicklas Bendtner v Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal, 2008)

With Arsene Wenger's team 4-1 down against north London rivals Tottenham, Arsenal's famous team spirit was sadly lacking. The strikers started bickering in the Spurs box before Adebayor appeared to headbutt the forget the infamous Wes20-year-old Dane. Wenger's reaction? He didn't see it of course!

Watch the White Hart pain here

Kieron Dyer v Lee Bowyer (Newcastle, 2005)

With Newcastle 3-0 down at home to Aston Villa, the pair exchanged a series of punches before Gareth Barry intervened. Graeme Souness forced his players to publicly apologise - although they refused to say sorry to each other. West Ham obviously admired their fighting qualities and brought them both to Upton Park.

Watch the Toon ragers here

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Stuart McCall v Andy Myers (Bradford, 2001)

These two cam to blows during the Bantams' 6-1 demolition at the hands of Leeds United at Elland Road. Bradford captain McCall had to have stitches in a facial wound after Myers struck him just before half-time at Elland Road. McCall then seemed to aim a head-butt at the central defender, but missed.

David Batty v Graeme Le Saux (Blackburn, 1995)

Much to the annoyance of Batty, Le Saux took the ball off his teammate, miscontrolled it and conceded a throw-in at Spartak Moscow in the Champions League. Le Saux struck the first blow, breaking his hand in the process. It wasn't long before Batty was sold to Kevin Keegan's title-chasing Newcastle.


Craig Levein v Graeme Hogg (Hearts, 1994)

Levein didn't take too kindly to Hogg's criticism of him during pre-season friendly against Raith. Levein broke Hogg's nose, a brawl ensued and both players were given their marching orders - Hogg while he was on a stretcher. The pair received lengthy bans - 14 games for Levein and ten for Hogg.

Stan Collymore v Trevor Benjamin (Leicester, 2000)

Stan Collymore

The pair started arguing during the first half of a reserve team game against Charlton and took their disagreement into the dressing room. The row became so heated that they actually came to blows and Collymore refused to come out for the second-half. The incident hastened Collymore's departure from Filbert Street.

Steve McManaman v Bruce Grobbelaar (Liverpool, 1993)

Eccentric keeper Grobbelaar was indignant when McManaman hit a weak clearance that gifted Everton the lead in the Merseyside derby.

Grobbelaar, one of the Anfield side's most experienced players at the time, castigated the young winger, who responded by yelling back at him.

Grobbelaar grabbed his team-mate by the throat and pushed him away.

McManaman wisely decided that enough was enough and swiftly walked away.

Watch the Mersey beat here

Mike Flanagan v Derek Hales (Charlton, 1979)

Derek Hales

Both players saw red as frustrations boiled over in FA Cup tie against non-league Maidstone. Flanagan was exonerated, but Hales was sacked. The law forced Charlton to reinstate him and Flanagan was promptly sold to Crystal Palace before returning to the Valley for an unexpected reunion with Hales.

With little time left in their FA Cup tie with Maidstone, Mike Flanagan hesitated before putting Derek Hales through on goal and his Charlton team-mate was caught offside. Hales remonstrated with Flanagan and threw the first punch as the pair went toe-to-toe. Both were sent off, but Charlton exonerated Flanagan and sacked Hales.They later had to reinstate him.

• And don't Ham training ground incident involving John Hartson and Eyal Berkovic. Watch it here

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