With some people saying "It’s all lies. I’d be more ashamed to believe it than anything. If you could conjure up an eyewitness report or a police record, that’d be great" about the Craig Bellamy story on these very pages, it’s worth pointing out that today, Rafa Benitez is set to hand out the punishment for his players’ naughty actions.
Benitez has fined 15 Liverpool players who broke curfew during the squad’s messy end to their trip to Portugal last week.
The Liverpool manager is understandably furious that the squad’s preparations for the Champions League tie with Barcelona have descended into farce and drunken brawls. He’s already fined Craig Bellamy two weeks’ wages for attacking John Arne Riise.
According to The Daily Telegraph, this latest misdemeanor has
convinced Benitez to offload the Welsh striker at the end of the
season. ‘The former Newcastle striker’s prospects under Benitez now appear
non-existent as a result of his clash with Riise. Bellamy’s mediocre
form for Liverpool since his arrival last summer, which has brought a
return of eight goals in 31 appearances, has disappointed Benitez and
the possibility of him being sold was already on the agenda before the
events in Portugal,’ the newspaper reports. [Mof Gimmers]