Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez will take disciplinary action and fine any player who broke club rules during last week’s training camp in Portugal.
It follows reports of a fracas between Craig Bellamy and John Arne Riise on the trip with the Welsh striker alleged to have attacked his team-mate with a golf club.
According to a report in today’s Guradian newspaper, the dispute started with a karaoke competition in the early hours of Friday morning, when Bellamy was annoyed by the Norwegian left-back’s refusal to sing.
Riise, who seemingly sustained bruises to his legs, was able to train alongside Bellamy yesterday. In addition to the brawling pair, Jermaine Pennant, Jerzy Dudek and Robbie Fowler, all face club sanctions after police were required to deal with them.
“I’ve made it clear to them the responsibilities that come with playing for this club and how they are expected to conduct themselves,” said Benitez.
Liverpool play Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday.
“The players worked extremely hard at last week’s training camp but we will take disciplinary action and fine any of them who are found to have breached club rules during our stay in Portugal,” Benitez added.
“Despite reports to the contrary, the spirit amongst the lads is very good, with everyone looking forward to the game against Barcelona on Wednesday.
“We remain totally focused on what will be a very tough game against the defending European Champions.”