Barton, Etuhu rift goes back to Man City days

Sunderland midfielder Dickson Etuhu had to be prevented from a second bust-up with Newcastle's Joey Barton on Sunday, it has been revealed.

The Mirror says fuming Etuhu was ready to confront Barton after the 1-1 draw, but was hustled away by teammates and boss Roy Keane.

The two players were in the same Manchester City youth team as teenagers and had a bitter rivalry.

David Tickle, who was in the same City youth team as Barton and Etuhu, said: "There were a few battles between them. They were fiercely competitive guys."

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