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Swansea City play down reports of training ground brawl

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 15, 2014

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SWANSEA City have played down reports that a training session ended in a mass brawl - but admitted there were "incidents" during a practice match.

A national newspaper claims that half-a-dozen senior players were involved in a punch-up during the build-up to Sunday's Premier League match against Chelsea.

It is understood there were a handful of clashes in the training game which took place last Wednesday.

The incidents took place in front of club chairman Huw Jenkins.

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But a Swansea City spokesman said: “These things often happen on training grounds up and down the country, so despite the media reports, Swans fans shouldn’t be concerned.

“The squad had just returned to training on the back of a disappointing defeat at Hull and their frustration at not getting the result they wanted boiled over during a full 11 v 11 practice match between the group.

“Yes, there were a couple of incidents between certain players, which the club does not condone yet understands. They were quickly dealt with and everyone moved on.

“We are in a difficult position in the league and everyone wants to secure top-flight status for the club as soon as possible.

“There are a lot of winners within the squad and they want to finish the job. You only have to look at the commitment and effort they put in against Chelsea on Sunday with just 10 men to see that.

"It certainly looked like a team that was fighting for each other rather than against each other - as is being suggested in some quarters."

It has been a difficult season for Swansea, who sacked manager Michael Laudrup in early February.

The Liberty Stadium club are just three points ahead of the relegation zone with four games left to play this season.

The first of those is on Saturday when they visit Newcastle.

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  • mabl9  |  April 16 2014, 11:48PM

    Everything that Roberto and Brendan built up seems to have gone. I think we need a new manager for the start of the season. And a new Chairman too. The Board seem to have lost the plot. Okay you get some niggles in training but I think there is more to this. We have had this Spanish business floating around and these rumours that Michu does not want to play for the Swans. I honestly don't know. We need transparency. We still do not know why ML left and the Board have not given the fans the information. We could be heading for relegation although I hope not. But something is not quite right with the Swans now. It all went bad when we won the League cup (big deal) and then this Europa cup (big deal). Our strategy was to be in the Premier League and we have lost all focus of that - and how damn hard it was to get there. Managers like Brendan and Roberto built the Swans up - picked them up - gave them the philosophy on how to play. And now it seems to be going down the pan. And I think the Evening Post needs to up its game a bit also. I find their reporting poor.

  • yankytaff  |  April 15 2014, 9:49PM

    Crojack how do you know Monk's pals are chasing the Spanish players and blaming them, you say at the end of your post it would be interesting to know which players were involved but at the beginning imply our Spanish players are on the receiving end it's contradictory. I don't care who was involved, this was probably no more than the type of spat that happens in training sessions in all team sport @ all levels day after day. As for your 'provoke the Spaniards plot', even though I don't always agree with you I always felt your posts were well balanced and well thought out, this one left me baffled.

  • CroJack  |  April 15 2014, 7:00PM

    Monk has to tell his pals among players not to constantly chase our Spaniards and blame them for eveything. It is difficult to come to a foreign land, accomodate, learn the language, be far away from your family, lose the manager who brought you here and experience segregation on he training ground. Who on earth got that bright idea to segregate players? Everything started with Monk provoking Chico a couple of months ago. Chico didn't pick up a brick without a reason. A plot? Maybe. Provoke the Spaniards and blame them for not performing, get rid off Laudrup and land the job as Swansea manager. They tried it once, in October 2012, complaing about Laudrup's training sessions. Monk, Tate and probably Williams. Interestingly, Williams was a liability in October 2012, I remember his poor performances, he costed us goals. Fortunately, the results got our way and they shut up. This year when results were poor they succeeded. This season Williams and other defenders and midfielders has been a liability as much as Chico but everybody blames Chico for everything. When Laudrup's players have one poor performance you can read the comments how useless they are, when other players don't perform we don't hear so much about them. It would be interesting to know what really happened on Wednesdey and which players were involved in punch-ups.

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  • KP287  |  April 15 2014, 6:15PM

    All gone to pot since sacking of Laudrup, last six games lost 4 won 1 drawn 1. Monk really is doing well. Training ground bust up again, Monk is in the middle of it. Maybe it a new manager and chairman we need next season, if we stay up, lose to Newcastle and not looking good. Reality check for all Monk lovers and rose tinted glass wearers. Not Monks team, no it isn`t but it was good enough last season to win league cup and finish in top 10, so no excuses there, how many examples must there be for people to see how incompetent Monk is. Still chance of staying up if teams below us lose more, but Laudrup decision is now looking poor...

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  • yankytaff  |  April 15 2014, 2:53PM

    Firstly this 'brawl ' which has probably been blown way out of proportion didn't affect the performance on Sunday. Secondly those critising Michu think of what he's lost this season, he's missed most of the Europa campaign the first chance he's had to play in a European competition which must have been very disappointing for him, he also lost the chance to fulfil a long ambition and play for his country whcih must be a bitter disappopint for him. If Michu was fully fit do you honsetly believe he would blow even the slimmest chance of getting into the Spanish sqaud by refusing to play because he was sulking over ML being sacked. Without Michu last season we would probably have been in the championship this season. I've said it before and I'll say it again shame on you all who criticise Michu

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  • SwanseaSam  |  April 15 2014, 12:13PM

    Let's moan about relegation - if it happens. Until then let's stop moaning and groaning and get behind the team.

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  • abertawejack  |  April 15 2014, 12:13PM

    Well if this actually happened, then it's a very good thing IMHO, because what I saw at the Chelsea match was a team giving their all, yea Chico included, yet when he went off boy what a team, I was proud an in awe to them, all at the same time, simply because realistically I didn't expect to get anything from this game anyway; Sadly I've felt for some time that players are underperforming since ML left, having voiced my concerns on here, where I was berated by someone, for stating that Michu does not appreciate what Swansea City Football Club, has done for him and should be ashamed of myself for saying so, yea right! If I'm wrong I really do apologise, but it obviously points that way, considering the sickies he's taken. We must all remember this is NOT Garry Monks team at the end of the day, he has the unenviable task of melding player, even if they don't want to play! be all what is stated to be true. (Taken with a pinch of salt now, regarding the article from The Mail) Yet it has shown there is a fire smoldering in the camp. May I suggest that Garry, take out our players early at our next home game and walk around the pitch, whereby they will see the full passion and adorable pride in the "Jack Army" of Swansea City Football Club. People who can ill afford to be there yet diligently pay their wages, so how about giving something back to them, boyo's no matter where your points of view lay: C'mon u SwanssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssYeehaa.

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  • Lezz_T  |  April 15 2014, 12:02PM

    Everything Martinez and Rodgers built is coming apart at the seams. Once team spirit has gone it's very difficult to get back. Relegation beckons next season if not this one.

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  • knolddasker  |  April 15 2014, 11:08AM

    It's the fawking monk dragging it all down with him

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  • jwelshman  |  April 15 2014, 10:40AM

    If anyone thinks that this does not happen on other training grounds then they are living in a dream land. Ask Craig Bellamy as he has been involved in a couple of incidents in training. As for Michu one wonders whether or not he wants to play now that Laudrup has left but unfortunately by not playing his market value is dropping.

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