Former Newcastle midfielder Lee Bowyer has put his infamous on-field clash with team-mate Kieron Dyer down to a 'moment of madness'. The pair were sent off for fighting each other during the Magpies' 3-0 home defeat by Aston Villa on April 2, 2005, and were later made to issue a shamefaced apology by then manager Graeme Souness. Newcastle had already been reduced to 10 men following defender Steven Taylor's dismissal when Bowyer and Dyer locked horns eight minutes from time, leaving referee Barry Knight little option but to act.
However, Bowyer insists they remain friends and blamed the temporary fall-out on their will to win. In 2014 Lee Bowyer told the Evening Chronicle: "It was a moment of madness. Everybody regretted it afterwards. But we are winners. When you play football, you have to be that way. You have to want to win. Sometimes it goes too far - that's what happened that day. I'm sure if we'd been winning 3-0, it would never have happened". Then Bowyer said: "Kieron's a nice lad and I still see him. I saw him at Sir Bobby's [Robson's] golf day and we had a beer and a laugh". The video of the fight :