Jason McAteer says he has ‘kissed and made up’ with former Liverpool team-mate Michael Owen after the pair clashed at the Star Sixes tournament in Glasgow.
A match between England and Republic of Ireland descended into a scrap following an off-the-ball incident between McAteer and Owen.
McAteer pulled Owen back, before the England striker deliberately tripped the midfielder which sparked the melee.
As bewildered teammates rushed in to stop the altercation, McAteer launched a kick at the 2001 Ballon d’Or winner and was subsequently shown the red card by the referee.
Owen, however, escaped with just a yellow card, and while McAteer has forgiven his former team-mate, he is yet to make peace with the officials.
“I’ve just managed to get my head together, I’ve calmed down now,” he said on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.
“Let’s clear it up, I never kicked him up the backside. I put my foot on his backside and pushed him away with my foot. There’s a difference. It was kind of like a loving push.
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“I’ve got no problem with Michael Owen doing what he did.
“In the heat of the moment, it’s football, these things happen, we’ve kissed and made up.
“It’s the officials that I’ve got the problem with – that’s where my head’s come off.”
Owen ended up being the hero for England by scoring twice in the 3-2 victory over Rest of the World in the final.
However, Dean Saunders, who was representing Wales at the tournament, believes the striker should’ve been banned from playing in the final after his role in the clash with McAteer.
“He should’ve been banned for the final, but he played and scored two,” Saunders said.