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2/20/07 12:58 AM
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Bellamy adds new twist to soccer violence when he attacks a teammate By CHRIS LEHOURITES, AP Sports Writer February 19, 2007 LONDON (AP) -- Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy added a new twist to the problem of soccer violence last week when he attacked a teammate. Yes, a teammate. The Wales forward allegedly hit John Arne Riise in the legs with a golf club while Liverpool was in Portugal at a training camp preparing for a Champions League match against defending champion FC Barcelona. Bellamy now faces a fine of $155,000 and an uncertain future with the 18-time English league champions. If teammates whacking each other with golf clubs after a night out isn't absurd enough, consider the reason for the fight -- they were arguing about a karaoke competition. Karaoke! The news of the fracas definitely wasn't music to the ears of George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks, Liverpool's new American owners. The pair supposedly heard about the fight in Portugal and ordered Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez to issue a statement saying that players who misbehaved would be punished. "We will take disciplinary action and fine any of them who are found to have breached club rules during our stay in Portugal," Benitez said in Sunday's statement. Bellamy, who has a history of losing his temper, looks to be the first casualty of the dictum -- something not exactly alien to him. When he played for Newcastle in 2004, Bellamy threw a chair at assistant manager John Carver. He was then heavily fined for calling manager Graeme Souness a liar in 2005. Bellamy has also spent some time in court. In 2003, he was charged with three racism offenses after a night out in Cardiff, Wales. He admitted to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior and was fined $1,252. The charge of "racially aggravated" abuse was dropped. Late last year, Bellamy was cleared of assaulting two women in a nightclub. But Bellamy can't be singled out as the team's lone troublemaker in Portugal. Other Liverpool players, including Jerzy Dudek, Jermaine Pennant and Robbie Fowler, were also said to have been drunk and acting up. There have been worse crimes committed by professional athletes, however, and plenty of unruly behavior has come from overly aggressive sportsmen over the years. Teammates have fought before in the English league. Newcastle players Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer exchanged punches on the field during a game in 2005. Bowyer was later suspended for seven games and Dyer banned for three. The team also fined Bowyer. Gillett and Hicks are no strangers to pugnacious players -- both own NHL hockey teams. But spending $430.8 million for a group of players who hate each other isn't something they're likely to tolerate. And they shouldn't, because soccer -- and Liverpool -- has had an ugly enough past when it comes to violence. At the 1985 European Cup final at the Heysel stadium in Brussels, 39 people were killed when Liverpool fans charged their Juventus counterparts and a stadium wall collapsed. Hooliganism in soccer hasn't been confined to just Liverpool, of course. On Feb. 2, 38-year-old policeman Filippo Raciti was killed by rioting fans after Catania played Palermo in the Italian league. That incident led to the suspension of league play for a week and security measures that have forced some teams to play in empty stadiums until standards are met. There have been other soccer riots and fighting all over the world, but it's still worrying to read about a professional soccer player hitting another -- especially in the legs. Luckily for Riise, he was not injured. If only the same could be said for the image of Liverpool and soccer.
2/20/07 5:05 AM
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Why did he have golf clubs at a karaoke night??
2/20/07 5:45 AM
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"Why did he have golf clubs at a karaoke night?? " I imagine they ahd just been playing Golf that day. Either that or he took them along for the express purpose of wacking someone across the legs with them.
2/20/07 6:13 AM
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Bellamy - good player, high maintenance. Lol at Pennant and Fowler playing up - who'd have thought, eh...?? But - wtf - what's this with bringing Heysel into a report about 2 players having a barny....?!?!?!
2/20/07 6:55 AM
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Yeah I don't really see why they would bring up Heysel. Lazy journalism. Bellamy is a really good player but a bit nuts. I have met him and know a few others who have and honestly he is really down to earth and fine. Not at all like you would imagine. He just seems to suffer from little man syndrome. I'd have him back at Newcastle despite his obvious problems. We loved him up here.
2/20/07 9:20 AM
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Yeah - lazy and cheap. Always rated CB as a player - just got a bit of an edeg to him - nothing wrong with that - maybe you'll get him back.... :-)
2/20/07 9:27 AM
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CB is a good player IMO. He does seem like a  ticking time bomb most of the time though!
2/21/07 5:17 PM
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LOL, you couldn't make it up. Awesome. What a club! Boom Boom
2/21/07 10:16 PM
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I hope the Merseysiders keep this up. Hopefully they will implode !
2/22/07 3:24 PM
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That was funny!

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