There’s various stories currently flying around about what happened in the Algarve, they all seem pretty astonishing and reports of Bellamy beating Riise with a golf club – although potentially catastrophic – seem like typical media fabrication. Particularly considering the source of several articles and reports.
A statement released on Sunday quoted manager Rafa Benitez:
“Despite reports to the contrary, the spirit amongst the lads is very good with everyone looking forward to the game against Barcelona on Wednesday.
The whole thing is no doubt a ploy to unsettle the side before the crucial Champions League match in Barcelona on Wednesday night. We believe fans should dismiss the talks, particularly involving the one involving Dudek, Fowler and Pennant.