Why are we so shocked when team-mates fight? We know they are supposed to be a team, but we bet there are some people at work you wouldn’t mind kicking in the face.
The problem is, it's a bit difficult to justify when you are in an office or factory. The chances of you getting to kick them are pretty slim. However, if you are part of a football team and you train with them every day the temptation must be unbearable. True, most football stars are annoying, so the chance to bring them down a few pegs must be so inviting.
Plus, you\’ll get away with it. Attack a colleague at work and most of us would face the sack and possible jail time.
But in football, it's fine. If it gets out, the manager will dismiss it as ?handbags?, and the worst thing that could happen is you\’ll get fined a couple of weeks wages. Which, for your average Premiership footballer, is nothing.
So, go on footballers, time to let your feet really do the talking so we can have more than 10 on this list.
10. Joey Barton v Ousmane Dabo
Manchester City, May 2007
Does anyone actually like Joey Barton? Even his mother must struggle. You can understand why. While he is not getting banged up for beating up someone in Liverpool on a night out, he is almost getting banged up for beating up his team-mates.
His vicious assault on his Manchester City team-mate Dabo almost blinded the French midfielder and hastened his departure from the City of Manchester Stadium. Dabo said: ?The fact that I look like the Elephant Man and will not be able to play again this season is bad enough, but what I find most shocking is that he struck me first from behind and then repeatedly when I was down on the ground. He is a coward and his actions are despicable. This is why I’m in serious discussions with my lawyers to see what actions I can take. This should not be allowed to happen.”
9. Gravesen vs Robinho
Real Madrid training ground
Robinho bites off a little more than he can chew.
8. Freddie Ljungberg v Olof Mellberg
Sweden training camp
Would you really want to pick a fight with Olof Mellberg? The guy's huge, not to mention, judging from this video, a master at judo.
7. Puyol v Vicente
Spain training camp (2007)
Barcelona defender Puyol reacts badly to team-mate Vicente?s remarks about his girlie hair. Puyol certainly fights like a girl.
6. Thierry Henry v Robert Pires
There is no video footage of this alleged punch-up between the two Arsenal stars during the build-up to Euro 2004, but we can hardly imagine it was a classic. More like two girls fighting over make-up. And they're supposed to be friends too. Few details are known, but French coach Jacques Santini did admit ?handbags? were thrown. Somehow we just don't think he said that.
5. Ronaldinho v Samuel Eto?o
Club: Barcelona (2007)
Ronaldinho, furious at his Barca team-mate allegedly pinching some bubblegum from his kit bag pushed Eto?o in the chest. The Cameroon forward duly responded by kicking the Brazillian in his nuts. Apparently, he went down like a floating leaf.
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic v Patrick Vieira
Club: Juventus (2006)
Never being one to keep his gob shut, Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic decided to pick on the only player in the Juve squad bigger than him. Apparently, Vieira had not passed him the ball during a training ground match and he decided to let rip at the former Arsenal skipper. The result? Well, let's just say more than a few handbags were thrown.
3. China v QPR
It was supposed to be a training ground friendly between QPR and the Chinese national side. What it turned into was many lovingly refer to as the ?Great Brawl of China?. Angry at Rs? physical methods, the Chinese players reacted, and got a little more than they bargained for.
2. Harry Redknapp v ball
Harry Redknapp reacted badly to being hit by a ball while doing a TV interview, especially when the unnamed player tells him he was shooting at the goal. Redknapp?s remark back is a classic. Funny as hell.
1. John Hartson v Eyal Berkovic
Club: West Ham United 1998
For second you almost feel sorry for Eyal Berkovic as his slightly larger team-mate John Hartson delivers a powerful left boot to his face. What was his crime? Reacting angrily to the Wales striker?s attempt at trying to help him back to his feet. It was, of course, Hartson who had scythed him down in the first place, so you could probably understand Berkovic?s reaction. Bit of a mismatch.