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Ex-League of Ireland star Doyle sent off for fighting with teammate

Jermaine Beckford was also shown red following a heated argument with the former Sligo and Shamrock Rovers striker.

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JERMAINE BECKFORD AND Eoin Doyle both saw red after they came to blows near the end of their loss to Sheffield Wednesday

Preston North End ended their match against Sheffield Wednesday with just nine players — because two of their men decided to fight each other!

PNE were trailing the Owls 2-1 heading into stoppage time when Eoin Doyle failed to pass the ball to team-mate Jermaine Beckford, leading the Jamaica international to take issue with Doyle’s decision — with the pair coming to blows just outside the Wednesday box.

Former Sligo and Shamrock Rovers striker Doyle had bagged a consolation goal for Preston, but saw red after the 90th-minute incident, with Daniel Johnson forced to break up the altercation between his team-mates.

Referee Scott Duncan had no choice other than to send both players off, in a game where the hosts also failed to finish with all 11 players as Fernando Forestieri also saw red for an off-the-ball incident.

Preston boss Simon Grayson was outraged with his players, who both look to face three-match bans for violent conduct.

“I’ve been in the game for 30 years playing and managing and I’ve never been involved with anything like that,” Grayson told BBC Lancashire.

I spoke to them in the dressing room and they were apologetic, but that doesn’t wash with me, something like that should never happen in the professional game.

“It’s an absolute embarrassment, I stick up for my players at every club I’ve been at, I don’t like to criticise them in public, I will do in the dressing room. But I can’t stick up for either of those players.

You expect it in the playground between four or five-year-olds, not from two professionals who’ve been in the game a long time.

“For something like that to happen is embarrassing. It’s a joke, it’s a disgrace.”

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