Team mates clear the air!!

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Newcastle duo Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer have cleared the air after their fight at the weekend against Aston Villa.

The pair were sent off for getting involved in a fight with each other during Newcastle's 3-0 defeat to Villa at the weekend.

The duo made a public show of shaking hands at the club's training ground on Monday as the club look to bring an end to the sorry matter.

The club have also announced that Bowyer has been fined the maximum six weeks' wages - believed to be approaching £250,000.

Following a meeting between the two players and manager Graeme Souness, chairman Freddy Shepherd issued the following statement:

"Lee Bowyer has been handed an unprecedented fine, severely censured and additionally warned as to his future conduct by Newcastle United, following his attack on team-mate Kieron Dyer during Saturday's home match with Aston Villa," read the statement.

"The attack led to both players being dismissed from the field of play by the referee. "

The decision to fine and censure Bowyer was taken after chairman Shepherd and manager Souness interviewed both players at the club's training ground on Monday morning. The fine, amounting to six weeks' wages, is the highest fine handed out by the club.

"In Kieron Dyer's case, in accordance with the disciplinary regulations of The Football Association the club has, on the player's behalf, submitted notice of the player's intention to submit a claim of wrongful dismissal from the field of play.

"This claim will be submitted by noon tomorrow (Tuesday) together with video evidence. Both players have had a fair hearing and the club is fully in support of Kieron Dyer's claim to The Football Association."

Souness now hopes the matter has been resolved and that the players can focus on trying to help the club end the season with some silverware.

"It was all regrettable," said Souness as Dyer and Bowyer shook hands.

"I can assure the fans that we will be focused on trying to do our best between now until the end of the season.

"We have got everything to play for and the important thing is that we put this thing behind us and concentrate on trying to win a trophy for this football club."

Souness insisted that the players are now talking again and have even laughed about the incident.

"They have been speaking over the weekend and had a laugh about it - they regret it," he added to Sky Sports News.

The Newcastle boss also confirmed the club had lodged an appeal over Dyer's sending off, claiming he did not throw a punch.

"We have appealed on behalf of Kieron," he said.

Newcastle will find out later this week whether Dyer will join Bowyer in being suspended for the next three domestic games - which include the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United.

Souness insisted that the club had no plans to sell either playing and when asked whether they would be staying, he said: "Most definitely."
 
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