Stephen Howson was left with a nasty black eye after he was seen kicking off while managing his Stretford Paddock FC team at the weekend.
Howson, who works alongside the ex-Manchester United star on his FIVE channel, claimed he ‘caught one’ during the melee which broke out at an away game in Liverpool.
Footage showed Howson entering the field of play to complain to the referee about what he said were dangerous ‘two footed’ challenges by the opposition that weren’t being penalised.
As one of the home players comes towards him, Howson then clocks him with several punches.
Shortly before, he was seen flicking his head back after being struck with an alleged headbutt in the clip shared on his Patreon page that was then widely shared on X.
One of the players also appears to strike Howson with a blow to the face.
In an attempt to quell ‘fantasy’ rumours by the home team’s players about what happened, he shared a video with his 256,000 YouTube subscribers explaining his version of events.
‘One of the opposition players tells me to get off the pitch and then headbutts me which is hilarious because they’ve all been in my social media today with just fantasy versions of what happened,’ he said.
‘I know that everything we do is recorded so I’ve got no qualms telling you what happened because I know what happened.
‘I’ve rewatched what happened and I’ve actually shared the full ‘Here’s What Happened’ on Patreon.
‘I will always protect myself and my players despite what little Scouse bells on social media want to say. I caught one… but we won the game 2-0. Up the f***ing Reds.’
He added: ‘Yesterday there was probably four or five two-footed challenges in the first 20 minutes of our game.
‘I stepped on to the pitch about a foot to shout at the referee, which again is not ideal, is it? But protecting my players is my number one thought in that sort of circumstance.’
Howson was previously in the headlines for controversial comments comparing United chief executive Ed Woodward’s reign to the Munich air disaster.
The podcaster apologised after saying that Woodward’s tenure was ‘worse’ for the club than the horrific 1958 plane crash which claimed the lives of several of the Busby Babes.
He said: ‘’I think where United are at the moment, f*** it I’m gonna say it on camera. I think Woodward was worse for us than Munich.
‘Obviously I’m not comparing people passing away, but I’m saying 10 years post-Munich we were European champions. Ten years of Woodward, we’re in the s***.
‘I’m absolutely not taking anything away from the people who have lost their lives in Munich, but in terms of something that’s f***ing happened, Woodward has been f***ing worse for the football club and where we’ve progressed in that time.’
After facing backlash, he admitted his comments were in bad taste and said on X: ‘I definitely should have worded this better & apologise for any offence I’ve caused.’
Howson also famously once charged Old Trafford tourists £20 to take them to the pub.
Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more stories like this, check our news page.