FORMER Newcastle United star Kieron Dyer has lifted the lid on his explosive - and infamous - brawl with teammate Lee Bowyer.
During a 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa back in 2005 the pair were both shown red cards for fighting on the pitch in front of 50,000 amazed Toon fans at St James’s Park.
Dyer has now opened up and revealed then manager Graeme Souness threatened to fight the pair of them in the dressing room afterwards!
The former England and Newcastle midfielder revealed it was a personal insult aimed at Bowyer’s lack of playing ability that had pushed him over the edge.
Dyer said: “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’.”
The pair were red-carded but the spat continued in the dressing room - until Souness offered to take them both on.
“Jean-Alain Boumsong came in and said, ‘If you want to fight, fight now.’ I was wanting to fight and get the revenge,” added Dyer.
“Then Souness came in and said, ‘If you want to fight I’ll beat both of you.’”
The pair have since patched up their relationship.
But Dyer couldn’t resist one last dig: “I still see him now, we are friends.
“That’s just the way Lee was. But I still want to beat him up.”