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<b>Albert Riera v Rafael Benitez</b><br/>
Albert Riera was quoted last week as saying: "When the coach says nothing to you and you are well, with no physical problems and training well, you cannot help but think it must be something personal." He also called his club a "sinking ship." With Liverpool currently in free-fall both on the pitch and off it, his comments were not best timed. He was suspended last week and it now appears he'll be offloaded as soon as possible.

<b>Albert Riera v Rafael Benitez</b><br/> Albert Riera was quoted last week as saying: "When the coach says nothing to you and you are well, with no physical problems and training well, you cannot help but think it must be something personal." He also called his club a "sinking ship." With Liverpool currently in free-fall both on the pitch and off it, his comments were not best timed. He was suspended last week and it now appears he'll be offloaded as soon as possible.

&lt;b&gt;David Beckham v Alex Ferguson&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
Possibly the most notorious and high-profile falling out occurred at Old Trafford. The relationship breakdown between Beckham and Ferguson was gradual and prompted by Beckham's increasingly public lifestyle. But it came to a head following a 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Arsenal at Old Trafford in February 2003, when an argument in the dressing room ended with Ferguson kicking a stray boot which hit Beckham above the eye, needing stitches which Beckham made sure everyone saw. Beckham left for Real Madrid that summer.

<b>David Beckham v Alex Ferguson</b><br/> Possibly the most notorious and high-profile falling out occurred at Old Trafford. The relationship breakdown between Beckham and Ferguson was gradual and prompted by Beckham's increasingly public lifestyle. But it came to a head following a 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Arsenal at Old Trafford in February 2003, when an argument in the dressing room ended with Ferguson kicking a stray boot which hit Beckham above the eye, needing stitches which Beckham made sure everyone saw. Beckham left for Real Madrid that summer.

&lt;b&gt;Darren Bent v Daniel Levy&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
England striker Darren Bent was eager for a move away from Tottenham Hotspur last summer. Lack of first-team opportunities spurred his desire for a move, but it was his outburst directed towards chairman Daniel Levy that secured his transfer out of White Hart Lane. Posting on Twitter, Bent said: &quot;Seriously getting p***** off now,&quot; followed by &quot;Why can't anything be simple. It's so frustrating hanging round doing jack s***&quot;. He then directed his comments squarely at Levy: &quot;Do I wanna go Hull City NO. Do I wanna go Stoke NO do I wanna go sunderland YES so stop f****** around Levy.&quot; There was no going back from there, and Bent got his way, securing a move to the Stadium of Light.

<b>Darren Bent v Daniel Levy</b><br/> England striker Darren Bent was eager for a move away from Tottenham Hotspur last summer. Lack of first-team opportunities spurred his desire for a move, but it was his outburst directed towards chairman Daniel Levy that secured his transfer out of White Hart Lane. Posting on Twitter, Bent said: "Seriously getting p***** off now," followed by "Why can't anything be simple. It's so frustrating hanging round doing jack s***". He then directed his comments squarely at Levy: "Do I wanna go Hull City NO. Do I wanna go Stoke NO do I wanna go sunderland YES so stop f****** around Levy." There was no going back from there, and Bent got his way, securing a move to the Stadium of Light.

&lt;b&gt;Roy Keane v Mick McCarthy&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
Keane was the star of the show for the Republic of Ireland, and he didn't mind throwing his weight around. But during preparations for the 2002 World Cup, his outspoken nature backfired and he was kicked out of the team. Keane was less than impressed with the training methods under McCarthy and told him so. When the pair tried to calm things down with some 'clear the air' talks, a slanging match ensued and McCarthy decided to send Keane home. &quot;I cannot and will not tolerate being spoken to with that level of abuse being thrown at me so I sent him home,&quot; said McCarthy. He later accused the midfielder of being &quot;obnoxious, degrading to me and downright rude&quot;. It was reported that Keane provided McCathy with some, shall we say, anatomically challenging instructions with what to do with the World Cup: &quot;You can stick it up your bollocks.&quot;

<b>Roy Keane v Mick McCarthy</b><br/> Keane was the star of the show for the Republic of Ireland, and he didn't mind throwing his weight around. But during preparations for the 2002 World Cup, his outspoken nature backfired and he was kicked out of the team. Keane was less than impressed with the training methods under McCarthy and told him so. When the pair tried to calm things down with some 'clear the air' talks, a slanging match ensued and McCarthy decided to send Keane home. "I cannot and will not tolerate being spoken to with that level of abuse being thrown at me so I sent him home," said McCarthy. He later accused the midfielder of being "obnoxious, degrading to me and downright rude". It was reported that Keane provided McCathy with some, shall we say, anatomically challenging instructions with what to do with the World Cup: "You can stick it up your bollocks."

&lt;b&gt;Ivano Bonetti v Brian Laws&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
Ivano Bonetti was something of a fans' favourite at Grimsby, but when he came head-to-head with manager Brian Laws in 1996, it was the Italian who paid the price. The bust-up between the two followed a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Luton. After the match Laws was furious with Bonetti, claiming he hadn't tried hard enough. When Bonetti spoke back, Laws threw a plate of chicken at him, leaving the former Juventus man with a fractured cheekbone. And Laws wasn't finished there - he sold him to Tranmere at the end of the season.

<b>Ivano Bonetti v Brian Laws</b><br/> Ivano Bonetti was something of a fans' favourite at Grimsby, but when he came head-to-head with manager Brian Laws in 1996, it was the Italian who paid the price. The bust-up between the two followed a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Luton. After the match Laws was furious with Bonetti, claiming he hadn't tried hard enough. When Bonetti spoke back, Laws threw a plate of chicken at him, leaving the former Juventus man with a fractured cheekbone. And Laws wasn't finished there - he sold him to Tranmere at the end of the season.

&lt;b&gt;Davor Suker v John Toshack&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
Suker's falling out with Toshack was to be Arsenal's gain. The Croatian was at the height of his powers. He won the Golden Boot at the 1998 World Cup and was banging in the goals for Real Madrid. Maybe that was what made him think it'd be ok to speak out against his Welsh boss. He accused Toshack of making some dodgy signings at the Bernabeu. The response was swift. Sukur was suspended without pay and despite a strange press conference in which the Croat blamed the media and referred to himself in the third person, he was sold off to Arsenal at the end of the season.

<b>Davor Suker v John Toshack</b><br/> Suker's falling out with Toshack was to be Arsenal's gain. The Croatian was at the height of his powers. He won the Golden Boot at the 1998 World Cup and was banging in the goals for Real Madrid. Maybe that was what made him think it'd be ok to speak out against his Welsh boss. He accused Toshack of making some dodgy signings at the Bernabeu. The response was swift. Sukur was suspended without pay and despite a strange press conference in which the Croat blamed the media and referred to himself in the third person, he was sold off to Arsenal at the end of the season.

&lt;b&gt;Robbie Fowler v Gerard Houllier and Phil Thompson&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
'God' as he's referred to in the Kop, never shied away from a little controversy. In 1999 the infamous 'line-sniffing' goal celebration occurred and from that moment onwards his Liverpool career appeared to be in decline. Emile Heskey was brought in for a record transfer fee and Fowler grew frustrated as his first-team opportunities dried up. He argued with his manager over team selection and was then left out of the squad entirely after he kicked a ball at assistant boss Phil Thompson. Fowler apologised, but he was sold off to Leeds in 2002.

<b>Robbie Fowler v Gerard Houllier and Phil Thompson</b><br/> 'God' as he's referred to in the Kop, never shied away from a little controversy. In 1999 the infamous 'line-sniffing' goal celebration occurred and from that moment onwards his Liverpool career appeared to be in decline. Emile Heskey was brought in for a record transfer fee and Fowler grew frustrated as his first-team opportunities dried up. He argued with his manager over team selection and was then left out of the squad entirely after he kicked a ball at assistant boss Phil Thompson. Fowler apologised, but he was sold off to Leeds in 2002.

&lt;b&gt;Jaap Stam v Alex Ferguson&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
Alex Ferguson doesn't suffer fools, and as such, makes another appearance on our list. This time it was the turn of Dutchman Jaap Stam to feel Fergie's ire. The defender was sold to Lazio in 2001 after alleging in his autobiography Head to Head that Ferguson had approached him about joining United without the permission of his previous club, PSV Eindhoven. He also made some unflattering comments about his team-mates. This falling out was one of the few Ferguson regretted, admitting, years later, that he had made a mistake.

<b>Jaap Stam v Alex Ferguson</b><br/> Alex Ferguson doesn't suffer fools, and as such, makes another appearance on our list. This time it was the turn of Dutchman Jaap Stam to feel Fergie's ire. The defender was sold to Lazio in 2001 after alleging in his autobiography Head to Head that Ferguson had approached him about joining United without the permission of his previous club, PSV Eindhoven. He also made some unflattering comments about his team-mates. This falling out was one of the few Ferguson regretted, admitting, years later, that he had made a mistake.

&lt;b&gt;Mido v Egypt managers&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
In 2004, Mido faxed the Egyptian FA to let them know he wouldn't be playing in that year's African Cup of Nations, saying he was psychologically unfit. When the striker changed his mind, the Italian manager of the Egypt team, Marco Tardelli, refused to pick him anyway. Mido was furious and his outburst led to him being banished by the Egyptian FA. Yet it didn't end there. After Tardelli was sacked, Mido returned to the fold (after the obligatory apology) and featured in the 2006 African Cup of Nations. Yet when he was taken off in the semi-final against Senegal he went crazy at new manager Hassan Shehata and stormed down the tunnel. Yet Mido had to concede his manager had done the right thing when his replacement, Amr Zaki, came on and scored the winner. It was apology time for Mido again - but Shehata was having none of it and dropped him from the final before he was banned from playing for Egypt for six months.

<b>Mido v Egypt managers</b><br/> In 2004, Mido faxed the Egyptian FA to let them know he wouldn't be playing in that year's African Cup of Nations, saying he was psychologically unfit. When the striker changed his mind, the Italian manager of the Egypt team, Marco Tardelli, refused to pick him anyway. Mido was furious and his outburst led to him being banished by the Egyptian FA. Yet it didn't end there. After Tardelli was sacked, Mido returned to the fold (after the obligatory apology) and featured in the 2006 African Cup of Nations. Yet when he was taken off in the semi-final against Senegal he went crazy at new manager Hassan Shehata and stormed down the tunnel. Yet Mido had to concede his manager had done the right thing when his replacement, Amr Zaki, came on and scored the winner. It was apology time for Mido again - but Shehata was having none of it and dropped him from the final before he was banned from playing for Egypt for six months.

&lt;b&gt;Alan Shearer v Ruud Gullit &lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
Back in 1999, Alan Shearer and Newcastle United manager Ruud Gullit had a falling out - but on this occasion, it wasn't the player who paid the price. The Dutch manager dropped the local hero and Shearer wasn't going to warm the bench quietly. The Newcastle No 9 hit out at Gullit and with that, the fans turned on their manager. After leaving Shearer on the bench again for a defeat to fierce rivals Sunderland, Gullit tendered his resignation. Gullit later said: &quot;I told him (Shearer) to his face he was the most overrated player I have ever seen.&quot;

<b>Alan Shearer v Ruud Gullit </b><br/> Back in 1999, Alan Shearer and Newcastle United manager Ruud Gullit had a falling out - but on this occasion, it wasn't the player who paid the price. The Dutch manager dropped the local hero and Shearer wasn't going to warm the bench quietly. The Newcastle No 9 hit out at Gullit and with that, the fans turned on their manager. After leaving Shearer on the bench again for a defeat to fierce rivals Sunderland, Gullit tendered his resignation. Gullit later said: "I told him (Shearer) to his face he was the most overrated player I have ever seen."

<b>Albert Riera v Rafael Benitez</b><br/> Albert Riera was quoted last week as saying: "When the coach says nothing to you and you are well, with no physical problems and training well, you cannot help but think it must be something personal." He also called his club a "sinking ship." With Liverpool currently in free-fall both on the pitch and off it, his comments were not best timed. He was suspended last week and it now appears he'll be offloaded as soon as possible.

According to reports, Albert Riera looks to be heading towards the Liverpool exit doors.

The news follows his outburst at manager Rafael Benitez, and it now appears the Spanish international is set to pay the price for speaking out of turn.

As this guide proves, should Riera leave Anfield, he won't be the first player to be shown the door after criticising the manager.

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