RIO FERDINAND has revealed he witnessed multiple violent clashes between teammates who had “ribs broken” and “heads kicked like a football”. The Manchester United legend spoke out to insist that Raheem Sterling’s bust-up with

Ferdinand says team-mates ‘broke ribs and kicked heads in’ as he insists Sterling and Gomez bust-up ‘not uncommon’

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RIO FERDINAND has revealed he witnessed multiple violent clashes between teammates who had "ribs broken" and "heads kicked like a football".

The Manchester United legend spoke out to insist that Raheem Sterling's bust-up with Joe Gomez is "not uncommon" after releasing a statement slamming Gareth Southgate for not handling the scuffle internally.

 Gomez (left) and Sterling (right) clashed during Liverpool's 3-1 win over title rivals Manchester City
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Manchester City winger Sterling was dropped by England yesterday evening after reportedly squaring up to his Liverpool rival in the canteen at St George's Park.

It came just hours after the pair clashed during the Reds' 3-1 win over the Premier League champions on Sunday afternoon at Anfield.

On Wednesday morning, Ferdinand hammered manager Southgate with a statement on Facebook that read: "GARETH has handled being England manager brilliantly - up to this point.

"He has conducted himself in a admirable, eloquent & engaging way. Helping to make a Nation feel like they can have some sort of confidence & respect for the national team. However, I feel this incident could have been handled better.

"Keep it behind closed doors & deal with it internally surely?! Come International Week, it’s meet up time between Sterling & Gomez... Raheem Sterling was still upset with Gomez about the result on Sunday & their little pushing/words said during the Liverpool vs City game.

"So he has obviously gone into the England camp heated & gone for Gomez, in doing so grabbed Gomez by the throat. Obviously as a manager I’m sure having a harmonious squad is the best scenario - handshakes and hugs on sight not confrontations. But let’s be honest now this kind of stuff isn’t uncommon in squads full of testosterone.

I have seen players get punched in the face, ribs broken, nose busted, head kicked like a football.....a throat grab was the equivalent of the intricate handshake

Rio Ferdinand

"In the various squads I have been a part of I have seen players get punched in the face, ribs broken, nose busted, head kicked like a football.....a throat grab was the equivalent of the intricate handshake embraces that are all too familiar today!

"The main question is: Why this couldn’t be handled internally?

"I suppose the management have felt it would be better to nip it in the bud prior to the press, agents, family friends leaking the news. However, the worst case on this instance would have been someone asking in a press conference “what happened between Raheem & Gomez, we heard there was a fight”.

"Easy answer we have a game to concentrate on. Incident done and dusted. No player looks any worse, we move on. Now Raheem is left to defend himself from all of the haters that had had their keyboards turned off due to him becoming a very worthy ambassador for the English game, and rightly so.

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"If this was a terrible incident then I would be all for public shaming & discipline. But for this ‘throat grab’ that we are TOLD it’s for I can’t understand it.

"Gareth would no doubt had seen worse many times during his time as a player and manager. I just feel this could and should have been handled better to support the player & not hang him out to dry.

"One of our World Class players who has conducted himself wonderfully through Racism and unwarranted criticism in an England shirt will now come under more scrutiny and be vilified in the media no doubt - when this could have been dealt with internally. Hindsight is a great thing though.

"It seems to me, Raheem felt embarrassed by all that went on at the weekend.... a sign of winning mentality..... however channelled wrongly. Help educate him!"

The incident happened almost as soon as the wide-man arrived at St George's Park, just hours after their Premier League title clash at Anfield.

 Ferdinand (far-right) knows all about club rivalries disrupting England camps
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Fellow players are understood to have first seen the coming together as a joke, Sterling asking Gomez if he thought he "was still the big man" before allegedly attempting to grab his neck - at which point teammates intervened.

A crisis meeting was held and the City man apologised, allowing him to keep his place in the squad but without being considered for Thursday's home game with Montenegro.

With Sterling releasing a statement admitting his "emotions got the better of him", the 24-year-old is reportedly "upset" by the whole incident.

On Tuesday morning, Ferdinand had left fans waiting with bated breath when tweeting: "I’m gonna finish my gym session and get back to this Sterling and Gomez farce... back in a bit!"

Ferdinand played during a time when the Three Lions' Golden Generation were beset by club rivalries and he reckons this was a major factor behind their lack of success at tournaments.

With United fiercely competing against Chelsea, Arsenal, and Co. for the title, cliques sprang up as players didn't trust each other.

"It overshadowed things," he said last year.

"It killed that England team, that generation. One year we would have been fighting Liverpool to win the league, another year it would be Chelsea.

"So I was never going to walk into the England dressing room and open up to Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, John Terry or Joe Cole at Chelsea, or Steven Gerrard or Jamie Carragher at Liverpool.

I wouldn't open up because of the fear they would take something back to their club and use it against us, to make them better than us. I didn't really want to engage with them.

"I didn't realise that what I was doing was hurting England at the time. I was so engrossed, so obsessed with winning with Man United - nothing else mattered."

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A closer look at Newcastle's season so far as Steve Bruce answers early pressure

Newcastle's failure to retain the services of manager Rafael Benitez over the summer sparked uproar on Tyneside and Steve Bruce's appointment as his replacement did little to dispel the fury.

However after a worrying start, things have taken a turn for the better for the Geordie head coach, whose return from his opening 12 Premier League games stands up against those of his recent predecessors.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at the Magpies' first dozen games in each of their last 10 top-flight seasons.

2019-20

Head coach: Steve Bruce

Wins: 4

Draws: 3

Defeats: 5

Goals for: 11

Goals against: 18

Points: 15

Finishing points: ?

Finishing position: ?

After a tough run of fixtures which included a 5-0 drubbing at in-from Leicester, Bruce's men have responded to beat Manchester United, West Ham and Bournemouth to add to their earlier scalp at Tottenham.

2018-19

Manager: Rafael Benitez

Wins: 2

Draws: 3

Defeats: 7

Goals for: 9

Goals against: 15

Points: 9

Finishing points: 45

Finishing position: 13th

Benitez had to wait until the 11th game of the season to taste victory over Watford, but a strong finish to the campaign which saw his side beat eventual champions Manchester City at St James' Park helped ease them to safety.

2017-18

Rafael Benitez
It was not always plain sailing for Rafael Benitez on Tyneside (Nick Potts/PA)

Manager: Rafael Benitez

Wins: 4

Draws: 2

Defeats: 6

Goals for: 11

Goals against: 14

Points: 14

Finishing points: 44

Finishing position: 10th

Successive early victories over West Ham, Swansea and Stoke looked to have got the Magpies going, but they won only twice more before Christmas and needed big results against Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea during the second half of the campaign to secure a top-half finish.

2015-16

Head coach: Steve McClaren

Wins: 2

Draws: 4

Defeats: 6

Goals for: 13

Goals against: 22

Points: 10

Finishing points: 37

Finishing position: 18th (Relegated)

Wins over Norwich and Bournemouth did little to calm the nerves under former England boss McClaren and by the time he was replaced by Benitez with 10 games remaining, the damage was done despite a January spending spree which saw Jonjo Shelvey, Andros Townsend and Henri Saivet added to the mix.

2014-15

Alan Pardew
Alan Pardew enjoyed a decent start but did not see out the season (Adam Davy/PA)

Manager: Alan Pardew

Wins: 5

Draws: 4

Defeats: 3

Goals for: 14

Goals against: 15

Points: 19

Finishing points: 39

Finishing position: 15th

Successive victories over Leicester, Tottenham, Liverpool, West Brom and QPR got Newcastle off to a belated start, but Pardew, who had increasingly become a target for disillusioned fans, called it quits on New Year's Eve leaving number two John Carver to preside over a difficult second half of the campaign.

2013-14

Manager: Alan Pardew

Wins: 6

Draws: 2

Defeats: 4

Goals for: 17

Goals against: 17

Points: 20

Finishing points: 49

Finishing position: 10th

A return of 20 points from the first 36 available represented a solid enough start, but the £19million January sale of midfielder Yohan Cabaye to Paris St Germain – which ultimately cost director of football Joe Kinnear his job – and the club's failure to replace him proved costly.

2012-13

Manager: Alan Pardew

Wins: 3

Draws: 5

Defeats: 4

Goals for: 13

Goals against: 17

Points: 14

Finishing points: 41

Finishing position: 16th

The effects of a run to the Europa League quarter-finals bit hard into Pardew's resources and his team's league form suffered. They eventually limped across the finishing line with only arch-rivals Sunderland buffering them from the bottom three.

2011-12

Demba Ba celebrates a goal against Wolves in October 2011
Demba Ba inspired Newcastle's best start of recent years (Clint Hughes/PA)

Manager: Alan Pardew

Wins: 7

Draws: 4

Defeats: 1

Goals for: 18

Goals against: 11

Points: 25

Finishing points: 65

Finishing position: 5th

An oasis in an otherwise largely barren wasteland, the 2011-12 campaign saw a team fuelled by the goals of Demba Ba and later January signing Papiss Cisse go unbeaten in the league until the middle of November and secure their highest finish since the Sir Bobby Robson era.

2010-11

Manager: Chris Hughton

Wins: 5

Draws: 2

Defeats: 5

Goals for: 21

Goals against: 16

Points: 17

Finishing points: 46

Finishing position: 12th

Returning to the Premier league after a season in exile, Hughton's men bounced back from an opening 3-0 defeat at Manchester United to trounce Aston Villa 6-0 and later hit Sunderland for five, although the Irishman was gone by December and it was Pardew who guided them home despite the £30million sale of star striker Andy Carroll to Liverpool in January.

2008-09

Manager: Kevin Keegan/Chris Hughton/Joe Kinnear

Wins: 3

Draws: 3

Defeats: 6

Goals for: 15

Goals against: 20

Points: 12

Finishing points: 34

Finishing position: 18th (Relegated)

A season of of turmoil saw Keegan walk out after three league games to be replaced, following a brief cameo from Hughton, by the controversial Kinnear. His own departure after heart surgery prompted owner Mike Ashley to briefly hand Alan Shearer the reins, but ultimately to no avail.

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