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Premier League 433 43 Top ten teammate bust-ups 31516275 Water under the bridge Water+under+the+bridge Premier League

By now, we've all heard of Mario Balotelli's bust-up with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini as pictures emerged of what appeared to be a furious training-ground scuffle between both Italians (watch video) as a result of Balotelli's harsh challenge on City teammate Scott Sinclair.

 

Of couse, this isn't earth shattering news as Balotelli has been known to fight teammates (remember the Micah Richards episode) and coaches (Jose Mourinho comes to mind) alike in the past. But where does this particular episode rank all time?

 

Need not worry. FOX Soccer presents the top 10 internal club bust-up's that will rekindle your fond memories:

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Premier League 433 43 Top ten teammate bust-ups 31516270 John Hartson v Eyal Berkovic (West Ham) John+Hartson+v+Eyal+Berkovic+%28West+Ham%29 Premier League

Like Mancini and Balotelli's recent bout, this clash came as a result of a tasty training-ground tackle.

 

Hartson attempted to help Berkovic to his feet after sending the Israeli crashing to the floor. Instead of taking the Welshman's hand, Berkovic punched the burly striker in the leg, causing the temperamental Welshman to boot Berkovic back, square in the face - in front of the cameras too (watch video).

 

Berkovic said of the incident: "If my head had been a ball, it would have been in the top corner of the net". Hartson was fined £20,000 for the incident and suspended for three games

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Premier League 433 43 Top ten teammate bust-ups 31518360 Kieron Dyer vs. Lee Bowyer (Newcastle United) Kieron+Dyer+vs.+Lee+Bowyer+%28Newcastle+United%29 Premier League

It is not entirely clear what ignited this clash in April 2005, but history tells us that it only takes a small spark to light Bowyer's fuse (watch video).

 

With Newcastle 3-0 down at home to Aston Villa, the midfield pair decided to ignore the game which was going on around them and have a punch up. It is not obvious who won the bout, but both were sent off on "black day for Newcastle United", as then-chairman Freddy Shepherd said.

 

Both players played for the club again, before Bowyer was sold to West Ham, only to be followed to Upton Park by Dyer a year later.
 

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Premier League 433 43 Top ten teammate bust-ups 31516272 Freddie Ljungberg vs. Olof Mellberg (Sweden) Freddie+Ljungberg+vs.+Olof+Mellberg+%28Sweden%29 Premier League

Another training ground clash, and another that was caught on camera (watch video).

 

Ahead of the 2002 World Cup, the gathered media bore witness to some undignified wrestling, which came after Mellberg's late sliding tackle on his teammate.

 

Ljungberg, not known for his short temper, bounced back up to push Mellberg, who retaliated by grabbing the Arsenal midfielder by his jersey. Both players ended up rolling on the floor, taking an innocent third party with them, before being pulled apart by teammates and coaches.
 

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Premier League 433 43 Top ten teammate bust-ups 31516268 Craig Bellamy vs. John Arne Riise (Barcelona) Craig+Bellamy+vs.+John+Arne+Riise+%28Barcelona%29 Premier League

Rafa Benitez took his Liverpool side to the Algarve in 2007 to prepare for a Champions League visit to Barcelona. The preparations did not go as well as he might have hoped.

 

After five days training, the players were given a night off, which resulted in a drunken karaoke competition. Bellamy reportedly took offense at Riise's refusal to sing and, having taken as many jibes as he would allow, the Norwegian squared up to the striker, with the pair trading expletives before they were pulled apart.

 

Things seemed to have calmed down by the time the players called it a night, but Bellamy was not done. Apparently feeling as though he had lost face in front of his team-mates, the Welshman grabbed a golf club and tracked down Riise before allegedly swinging it at his legs.

 

The clash obviously did Riise no harm, as he scored the winner in Liverpool's 2-1 win over Barca at the Nou Camp. Riise's strike came after Bellamy's equalizer, which he celebrated by swinging an imaginary golf club.

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Premier League 433 43 Top ten teammate bust-ups 31516271 Graeme Le Saux vs. David Batty (Blackburn Rovers) Graeme+Le+Saux+vs.+David+Batty+%28Blackburn+Rovers%29 Premier League

As if Blackburn's 1995/96 Champions League campaign wasn't woeful enough, Graeme Le Saux and David Batty compounded Rovers' misery by coming to blows in the first half of their 3-0 defeat at Spartak Moscow.  Both players chased a loose ball and collided, resulting in Le Saux hitting the floor (watch video).

 

With tensions already high, the England team-mates immediately clashed, with Le Saux laying what he called a "pre-emptive" punch on the no-nonsense midfielder. The action backfired quite spectacularly.

 

“I swung at him, connected and knew immediately that I had broken my left hand," Le Saux admits. "I am not a fighter. I hadn’t closed my fist properly. I was in a lot of pain, which just made me feel more ridiculous.”

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Premier League 433 43 Top ten teammate bust-ups 31516269 Emmanuel Adebayor vs. Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal) Emmanuel+Adebayor+vs.+Nicklas+Bendtner+%28Arsenal%29 Premier League

Who could possibly have foreseen two egos such as Adebayor and Bendtner not getting along?!

 

In January 2008, the pair’s feud, which began over Bendtner's refusal to take off his shoes in the Arsenal dressing room, turned physical during a League Cup tie against Spurs, who won the north London derby 5-1.

 

With Arsenal 4-1 down at the time and about to attack Cesc Fabregas' corner, the Gunners' two strikers clashed at the far post. However it happened - suggestions are that Adebayor headbutted his team-mate - Bendtner was dragged away with a cut to his forehead.

 

Neither was popular with Arsenal fans from then on. Adebayor was sold the following summer, while Bendtner has twice been shipped out of the Emirates on loan.
 

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Premier League 433 43 Top ten teammate bust-ups 31516266 Arjen Robben vs. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich) Arjen+Robben+vs.+Thomas+Muller+%28Bayern+Munich%29 Premier League

When Thomas Muller gestured to express his disapproval of Arjen Robben's free-kick in Bayern's Bundesliga win over Werder Bremen in January 2011, Robben took exception.

 

"I hate it when team-mates constantly raise their hands and complain," said Robben. "It is disrespectful. We are a team. We don't need to do that. We have got to be role models and should not make such gesticulations."

 

So how did Robben show Muller the correct way to approach a team-mate? He grabbed him by throat and punched him, of course (watch video).

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Premier League 433 43 Top ten teammate bust-ups 31516267 Steve McManaman vs. Bruce Grobbelaar (Liverpool) Steve+McManaman+vs.+Bruce+Grobbelaar+%28Liverpool%29 Premier League

Reds goalkeeper Grobbelaar was furious when McManaman's poor clearance led to an Everton goal in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park in September 1993.

 

Pony-tailed Grobbelaar, one of Liverpool's most experienced players who ought to know better, did not hold back as he vented his frustration in the face of the winger. McManaman squared up to fight his cause, but his argument was met simply by a gloved hand around his throat (watch video).

 

The youngster decided, probably wisely, that it was not a battle worth fighting. He turned and trudged back to the halfway line before Everton completed a memorable victory.

 

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Premier League 433 43 Top ten teammate bust-ups 31516274 Ricardo Fuller vs. Andy Griffin (Stoke City) Ricardo+Fuller+vs.+Andy+Griffin+%28Stoke+City%29 Premier League

Griffin hardly covered himself in glory as he failed to stop West Ham from scoring in their 2008 clash at Upton Park, but Fuller undoubtedly comes out worst in this sorry tale.

 

After Carlton Cole had outmuscled Griffin to net for the Hammers, Fuller felt he had to have his say. With both teams about to restart the game, Fuller approached his captain, who was happy to meet the striker halfway (watch video).

 

Glenn Whelan tried to get in the way, but Fuller reached around the Irishman to slap Griffin, an action for which he was sent off.

 

Griffin was caught on camera looking not-too-disturbed while gesturing for Fuller to be on his way. Unsurprisingly, Stoke lost the game 2-1.
 

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Premier League 433 43 Top ten teammate bust-ups 31518361 Nick Barmby vs. Jimmy Bullard (Hull City) Nick+Barmby+vs.+Jimmy+Bullard+%28Hull+City%29 Premier League

Hull teammates Nicky Barmby and Jimmy Bullard were embroiled in a petty brawl during a light training session a day after a 5-1 thumping at Everton.

 

Barmby reportedly called Bullard "lazy", to which the midfielder responded by pushing his veteran team-mate in the chest.

 

The pair were eventually pulled apart, but not before the whole sorry incident was witnessed by large group of shocked pensioners from the local Women's Institute.

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