Newcastle Jets teammates seperated after fist fight

EMOTIONS spilled over at a Newcastle Jets training session yesterday with keeper Mark Birighitti and fullback Taylor Regan having to be separated by teammates after an incident at Ray Watt Oval.

Regan was left with blood streaming down his face from a cut above his eye after a heated exchange between the pair.

Both players left the training track at the time and later met with club officials.

Jets chief executive Robbie Middleby later said Birighitti and Regan had put the incident behind them to focus on Saturday's F3 Derby against the Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium.

"You want your players to have a competitive nature and show passion on the field because that's a key ingredient for success in any sport," Middleby said.

"However, it's important they don't cross the line and let their emotions get the better of them.

"As a club, we've spoken to both Mark and Taylor about the incident and have dealt with the matter internally."

The Jets are just one point outside the top six after a 1-0 victory against Melbourne Heart on Saturday.

The Mariners will go into the clash against Newcastle on a short turnaround after hosting Japanese club Sanfrecce Hiroshima in an AFC Champions League match at Gosford tonight. Central Coast was beaten 2-0 by FC Seoul in South Korea in the opening match of the competition on February 25.

Sanfrecce is playing in the AFC Champions League for the third consecutive season, but is yet to progress to the knockout stage.

The man the Mariners will have to watch is attacking midfielder Mihael Mikic who spent time at Croatian heavyweights Dinamo Zagreb and also FC Kaiserslauten in the German Bundesliga. Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney are also involved in Champions League matches this week, and both also lost their opening matches two weeks ago.

The Victory, which lost 4-2 to Chinese powerhouse Guangzhou Evergrande, is at home to South Korean outfit Jeonbuk Motors at Etihad Stadium tomorrow night, while the Wanderers travel to China to play Guizhou Renhe, also on Wednesday night. Melbourne is expected to regain Tom Rogic and Mark Milligan from last week's Socceroos' friendly against Ecuador in London.

One of their teammates from that game, defender Alex Wilkinson, will be on the opposing side tomorrow night when he lines up for Jeonbuk. Wilkinson played 172 games for Central Coast before moving to China on loan in 2011. He switched to Jeonbuk permanently in 2012.


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