Both players were sent off by referee Barry Knight over the incident, which occurred late in the game after Villa had just scored their third goal. Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd said Bowyer's actions amounted to “gross misconduct” and that the club had “considered sacking” him before deciding that a fine – reportedly of around £210,000 – and final warning were “fitting”. “He should go down on his hands and knees,” Shepherd added in an interview which made clear that Newcastle laid the blame for the controversy squarely at 28-year-old Bowyer's feet. Bowyer ended up with a ripped shirt and the arguments continued as both players headed down the tunnel.
Manchester City required a fantastic second-half comeback to keep the title race in their own hands as they drew 2-2 at West Ham.
The Liverpool star leads the golden boot race while his Tottenham rival has continued to close the gap in the standings this week.