Charlie Austin gets into a dressing room clash and on the verge of a fight with a teammate of his after his QPR side suffered defeat.
The 31 year old striker has recently spoken about how dressing room arguments are common in football and revealed he was involved in one himself last weekend.
The Queen Park Rangers striker, who is on loan from Premier League outfit West Brom, said he and teammate Geoff Cameron came to blows following defeat at Birmingham.
Austin put the West London side in front just before half time before two quickfire Blues goals late in the second half saw QPR leave without any points.
The result understandably had the QPR players reeling, how reflected that anger back in the dressing room, and it very nearly spilled over with Austin and Cameron engaged in a spat.
The situation ended up having to be calmed down by Stefan Johansen, who apologised to the whole team for missing a big chance when QPR were 1-0 up.
Austin told talkSPORT Drivetime: “Me and Geoff Cameron, after the game, had a little moan at each other. He came in saying it wasn’t good enough, I replied that we gotta defend better.
“We have a full argument in front of the team and then Stef stood up and said ‘woah, woah, woah, it’s my fault, I should have killed the game off. It was poor from me’.
“Me and Geoff just looked at each other and went ‘I’m glad he just said that!’.
“It depends on the player. Stef’s Norwegian captain, should have scored to make it 2-0 and he knows that, he stood up in front of us and held his hands up.”
Austin says the issues have now been resolved but believes the fact that he and Cameron were arguing is a good sign for the club’s future.
He added: “It’s the sign of a good team because you want the best for each other. There’s a fine line, of course there is, but the best teams will argue for sure.”
⚔️ “Me and Geoff Cameron had a bit of a moan at each other, in front of the team.”
😡 “You want the best from each other. The best teams will argue, for sure!”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) March 2, 2021
Queens Park Rangers currently sit 17th in the Championship table, but are eight points above the drop zone.
Late goals from Kristian Pedersen and Alen Halilovic cancelled out Charlie Austin’s opener for Rangers at St Andrew’s.
Birmingham boss Aitor Karanka: “Today can be a turning point because we won from coming from behind, we won at home and we’ve had a lot of problems here since October, not winning a game. We had a meeting last Thursday and I told him (Halilovic) if he hadn’t played for his last clubs he couldn’t blame his managers, he had to blame himself.
“He’s a top player and if he’s not performing as well as he can and if he’s not in a better league or better club than us it’s his fault, not the managers. He told me I was right and he showed me today he can do it.”
QPR boss Mark Warburton: “I felt the pitch was really poor. It was tough for both teams, hence you didn’t see a nice game of football.
“You saw balls being lumped forward because it was so hard for players to make good decisions. The pitch is dry, rutted and it’s a really difficult playing surface for good players. For both teams it was very challenging.”
Fans reacted as Charlie Austin gets into a dressing room fight with a teammate after QPR suffer defeat…
@PREMIERCLARETS: Charley Austin is a gob shite
@Scotty_Avfc: I’d be angry losing to them lot aswell to be fair
@ClarkAndy18: Comes across as an idiot on talksport.
@JoeConnelly880: Austin knock him out #QPR
@drholmesbones: TalkSPORT glamourising mental and physical abuse?
@RickyTuittQPR: Good! We need fight and grit in this squad
@DannyCallan97: Nice to see some proper passion from the lads- put it right against Barnsley now @QPR
@danieldfowkes: Charlie loves a chat. I bet Cameron ironed him out.
@QPRGAV: Good to see players pissed off at a defeat, shows they care! Hopefully a performance against one of the in form teams in the championship.
@smiffdaaaa: I’m all for this. It’s pro sports and shows that the players give a shit. Seen plenty of players for us down the years who couldn’t give two hoots about what happend on the pitch or how bad the result was. #QPR
@LoftusRangers: Really enjoyed this interview from Charlie. Nothing wrong with a bit of fight between the players. It’s not about blame but we want to win and need the best from each other #QPR
@RuislipR: Sounds like all you need in that dressing room is the addition of Jim Magilton for a rare old dust-up. Actually, it’s good to see they give a shit. Passion in football is healthy