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Newcastle midfielders Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer were sent off after fighting with each other towards the end of their 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa at St James' Park. Villa had just scored their third - a Gareth Barry penalty - when the incident occurred. Bowyer advanced into the attacking half of the pitch and when he got as far as Dyer, the two squared up and the England man grabbed Bowyer by the throat.
The players lashed out at one another and an incensed Bowyer had to be led away by Barry before referee Barry Knight sent the pair off. The fighting continued as they made their way off the pitch, with Bowyer sporting a huge rip down the front of his shirt.
Brawling Newcastle duo Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer could face the sack for their shameful bust-up in Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa. According to Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor, the Magpies would have a case to dismiss the players, who were both sent off for fighting by referee Barry Knight.
Manager Graeme Souness insisted the pair still had futures on Tyneside after they apologised publicly for their disgraceful antics. However, Taylor expressed the serious nature of the incident when he confirmed termination of players' contracts was an option to clubs in dealing with extreme circumstances.
Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd has admitted that Lee Bowyer was on the brink of being sacked for his part in the brawl with team-mate Kieron Dyer on Saturday. Bowyer and Dyer brought shame on Newcastle during Saturday's defeat by Aston Villa as they squared-up and traded blows before being pulled apart by players from Villa and Newcastle. Referee Barry Knight dismissed the pair and they have been widely condemned for their part in the brawl. Shepherd has admitted he was 'embarrassed' by the scenes at St James' Park and claims Bowyer came close to being sacked for 'instigating' the fight.
Northumbria Police will investigate the fight between Newcastle team-mates Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer. The police confirmed that no official complaints have been made about the on-pitch skirmish in the defeat to Aston Villa - but feel they have to look at the incident.
The FA have turned down Newcastle United's appeal against Kieron Dyer's red card against Aston Villa at the weekend. Dyer saw red after a scuffle with team-mate Lee Bowyer, who was also dismissed for his part in the incident. Whilst Newcastle boss Graeme Souness conceded that Bowyer's actions were inexcusable, he had hoped to have Dyer's dismissal chalked off following an appeal. However, The FA have looked at the evidence available and come to the conclusion that Dyer is guilty of violent conduct and will serve the three-match ban initially issued.
Kieron Dyer will not be fined for his part in the shameful brawl with Newcastle team-mate Lee Bowyer after receiving the backing of chairman Freddy Shepherd.
The club's appeal against Dyer's red card - received at the same time as Bowyer during Saturday's 3-0 home defeat by Aston Villa - has been rejected by the Football Association. However, Shepherd, who fined Bowyer six weeks' wages for his part in the incident, will punish Dyer no further than the three-game ban which automatically came with his red card.
Originally posted by Interloper
Newcastle finished the game three men short as Taylor had alraedy been sent off. What kind of a forum is this?