BEST OF ENEMIES
The 2001 Ballon d'Or winner kicked out at the former Republic of Ireland international, who responded by aiming a kick back at the striker
Jason McAteer was sent off at the Star Sixes event in Glasgow after kicking Michael Owen on Sunday evening.
The former Liverpool stars were involved in an off-the ball clash which saw Owen also kick out at the former Republic of Ireland international.
McAteer was sent off by the referee, with Owen receiving just a yellow card.
England won the game 1-0 thanks to a goal from former West Ham United and Fulham star Paul Konchesky, meaning they will play in the final later on Sunday night.
But the main talking point of the game came with the scores level as the so-called friendly match descended into a scrap.
McAteer pulled back Owen after releasing a pass into former Leeds United man Ian Harte. Taking umbrage with this, the England striker deliberately tripped the midfielder which caused the melee.
As bewildered teammates rushed in to stop the altercation, McAteer launched a kick at the 2001 Ballon dOr winner.
Venting his frustrations to Sky Sports after the game, the Irishman said: “Well he got it wrong didnt he, the referee.
“We come [sic] together, we had a little pull of the shirt, I was kind of spun round and then Michael Owen decided to lash out and then I didnt think I wanted to let him get away with it.
“Referee obviously didnt see – or he didnt want to see it probably – because it was England and Michael Owen, more to the point.
“We kind of made up a little bit and I gave him a friendly sort of push up the backside.”
Having seen the footage after the game, the 47-year-old gave his opinion as to why Owen did not also see red.
“How is that not a red card? How is that not a red card?” McAteer asked.
“I tell you why its not a red card, because its Michael Owen and its England and because the officials are that bad.”