Stoke City centre back Ryan Shawcross was shown a yellow card during the half time interval of his side’s 3-2 defeat to Manchester United at the weekend, following a clash with Robin van Persie, reports the Daily Star.
The pair clashed on the pitch just before half time, with replays suggesting Shawcross grabbed the United striker around the neck. Shawcross then appeared to shove the Dutchman as the half time whistle blew, and the pair could be seen exchanging heated words as they walked down the tunnel.
The duo were understood to have continued their feud until after the final whistle, with some reports suggesting there was another altercation outside the dressing rooms as van Persie muttered something under his breath during the defender’s post match interview.
The pair have a rivalry that dates back to 2010, when van Persie was at Arsenal.
The Dutch striker was part of the Arsenal side on the day Shawcross broke Aaron Ramsey’s leg with a badly timed tackle during an ill-tempered game.
Arsenal players and management were left furious by the challenge, and Ramsey refused to accept the apology issued by Shawcross in the aftermath.
Meanwhile, Stoke boss Mark Hughes revealed his skipper had been shown a yellow card in the dressing room at half time by referee Lee Mason.
“Ryan was booked in the dressing room. The referee made a point of knocking on the door and booking him. I’ve no idea why,” Hughes said.
“He pushed him (Van Persie) I think, but I’ve no idea because I didn’t see the incident. But he wanted to book Ryan. I’ve never known anyone get booked in the dressing room before.”