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Civil war: When footballers attack...each other

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West Ham players Noble and Tomkins had to be dragged apart by team-mate Kevin Nolan after scrapping during an enthralling FA Cup tie with Everton last night. They're not the first team-mates to square off, though, on or off the pitch. Here are some of the most infamous...

 

Wilfried Zaha v Ravel Morrison

Ravel Morrison was involved in an on-field bust-up with team-mate Wilfried Zaha during England U21's 5-0 thrashing of Lithuania in October 2013. Zaha confronted Morrison over his attitude, and the two started pushing and shoving each other. Morrison thrust his arm into his team-mate's neck, prompting Zaha to retaliate, and it was left to substitute Nathan Redmond to act as peacemaker.

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Emmanuel Adebayor v Nicklas Bendtner

With the Gunners trailing 4-1 away to north London rivals Tottenham in 2008, Adebayor aimed a headbutt at his fellow striker. He later admitted his fall-out with Bendtner was down to the young Dane showing a lack of respect by wearing trainers in the dressing room.

Ricardo Fuller v Andy Griffin

Fuller was was sent off for slapping his own captain during Stoke's defeat to West Ham in 2008. The striker criticised Griffin after they conceded a Carlton Cole goal and, after much finger pointing, lashed out at his stunned skipper.

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Steve McManaman v Bruce Grobbelaar

Liverpool's goalkeeper was furious with McManaman after he hit a weak clearance that resulted in Everton taking the lead back in 1993. The young winger gave Grobbelaar a mouthful back and the Zimbabwean responded by grabbing McManaman around the throat. McManaman threw an arm out, then wisely decided to retreat.

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Graeme Le Saux v David Batty

Just four minutes into Blackburn's 1995 Champions League clash with Spartak Moscow, Batty saw red after Le Saux took possession from him, proceeded to miscontrol the ball and give away a throw-in. Batty berated the full-back, who responded by throwing a punch at him - breaking his hand in the process.

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Joey Barton v Ousmane Dabo

Dabo claimed he looked like the "Elephant Man" after an unprovoked attack by Barton during a Manchester City training session. The Frenchman required hospital treatment after being punched several times. City responded by banning Barton, who was later given a suspended four-month jail sentence.

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Craig Bellamy v John Arne Riise

Back in 2007, Bellamy lost it with his Liverpool team-mate after a karaoke night on a 'team bonding' trip to Portugal and confronted him with a golf club. Bellamy made light of the incident a few days later after scoring against Barcelona in the Nou Camp, celebrating his strike by pretending to swing a seven iron.

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Lee Bowyer v Kieron Dyer

In 2005, with Newcastle 3-0 down to Aston Villa, Bowyer took offence to Dyer not passing him the ball and the pair lashed out at each. Gareth Barry played peacemaker before they were both sent off. With substitute Steven Taylor having already been red-carded for handball, Newcastle, were forced to play the final few minutes with just eight men remaining on the pitch.

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John Hartson v Eyal Berkovic

The Isreali took offence to a strong tackle from Hartson during a West Ham training session and responded with a punch to the big Welshman's leg. Hartson's response was instant, with a powerful kick to the neck knocking Berkovic back to the floor. The whole incident was captured on camera which meant he made history by becoming the first player to be charged with misconduct for a training ground incident.

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