Newcastle United bosses and players will be questioned by police investigating an on-pitch fight between two of the club's star players.

England and Newcastle players Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer were sent off after the brawl in front of more than 52,000 fans at St James' Park.

At a Press conference after the match, which saw Aston Villa defeat Magpies 3-0, the two apologised to fans and to the club.

Last night, police confirmed they would be talking to the club about the incident.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "While Northumbria Police haven't received any formal complaints or any complaints connected to the incidents, we will talking to Newcastle United Football Club next week and we will be reviewing the situation from there."

The club declined to comment on the police investigation yesterday.

However, the players will be fighting for their futures at the club when officials meet at St James' Park to discuss the incident later today.

The hearing is expected to consider evidence from both players.

Meanwhile, former Newcastle United and England manager Sir Bobby Robson, said he was "as surprised and as disappointed as anyone associated with the football club" about the incident.

He said: "It seems to have happened on the spur of the moment.

"It's completely out of character for the players concerned."

He added: "They have just let themselves down, it's very sad."

The midfielders flanked a solemn manager Graeme Souness at his post-match Press conference.

Invited by Souness to speak, Bowyer said: "I would just like to apologise to the fans, the chairman, the managing staff, all the players and everybody that is connected to Newcastle, my family and everybody that witnessed what happened here on the football pitch.

"I am sincerely sorry."

Dyer said: "I would like to apologise to my team-mates, the manager, the chairman and the fans and everyone connected with the club, as well.

"We are team-mates and we have disagreements, but we should not be fighting in front of 50,000 people.

"I am deeply sorry for it, especially because it is a crucial stage of the season."

Both men face three-match bans, which will keep them out of the FA Cup semi-final clash with Manchester United on April 17.