Have you ever been so incensed by one of your colleagues that you’ve ended up having a full scale brawl in the office?
If you have, you’re not alone.
Former Newcastle United players Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer went toe-to-toe with each other in a Barclays premier league match against Aston Villa back in 2005.
The astonishing altercation took place in the 81st-minute of a 3-0 defeat as both players squared up to each other after a heated exchange. Bowyer appeared to deliver the first blow before team-mates moved in as the brawl escalated.
Dyer has since said that it was a personal insult he aimed at Bowyer’s apparent lack of ability that finally pushed him over the edge.
The former Newcastle star 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 sh** 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’.”
Dyer said that after the match, Jean Alain Boumsong had told the pair to sort out their problems by fighting it out in the dressing room – before both players backed down when Graeme Souness offered to fight them both at once!
Dyer has since patched things up with old his fisticuffs partner Bowyer and the two apparently remain the best of friends today.
Have a look at the video below and ask yourself if you’d still be friends with a colleague that you had a full scale brawl with in the workplace. It’s fair to say that you might not be friends with them many years later……?