Two former teammates had a bit of a scrap today at a Star Sixes tournament.
Jason McAteer and Michael Owen played together at Liverpool in the late 1990s, but were on opposite sides here as the Republic of Ireland faced an English side for a place in the Star Sixes final.
The game was 0-0 when McAteer pulled Owen back, with the Englishman kicking out at the Irish midfielder in response.
Owen earned a yellow for the challenge, but during the afters McAteer aimed a more direct kick at the striker, and got his marching orders as a result.
A Paul Konchesky goal saw England advance to the final against the ‘Rest Of World’ team with a 1-0 win.
McAteer was unhappy with the officiating after the defeat.
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“The referee got it wrong. We had a little pulling of the shirt, spun around and then Michael Owen decided to lash out and I didn’t think I wanted to let him get away with it. The referee decided he didn’t see it, or he didn’t want to see it because it was England and Michael Owen.
“We made up a bit and then I gave him a friendly push up the backside.”