Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Craig Bellamy's 10 Greatest Hits

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Hot-headed striker Craig Bellamy is at it again, claiming that h e would rather quit Manchester City than rot in the reserves should he miss out on Roberto Mancini's 25-man squad.

It's far from the first time the Welshman's mouth - and, indeed, other parts of his body - have got in trouble, as this Top 10 shows:

1) Live and kicking
After he retired, Sir Bobby Robson wrote of Bellamy that he was "a great player wrapped round an unusual and volatile character." These two sides to him are perhaps best summed up by two Newcastle matches in Bellers' second season at the club.


With the Magpies on the brink of going out of the group stage of the Champions League, he scored two goals (including the winner) in a 3–2 win over Feyenoord, which took Newcastle through to the second group stage. In the next match in the group just two weeks later, (a 4–1 home defeat to Inter Milan), he was saw red after kicking out at Inter defender Marco Materazzi, which resulted in a three-match ban.


2) A cautionary tale
In 2002 Bellamy was cautioned for common assault after an incident outside a Newcastle nightclub in which he was alleged to have attacked a woman.

3) A right old Carver up
It wasn't just opposing players that the Welshman started on though. In 2004 he had a bust up with Toon assistant coach John Carver at Newcastle Airport. Bellamy reportedly threw "quite a heavy chair" at Carver during the fracas, before Sir Bobby arrived and calmed everyone down, presumably by distributing Werther's Originals.

4) Liar liar
Bellamy also had a ding dong with Graeme Souness in 2005 after the Magpies boss reportedly asked him to play out of position in right midfield. The striker refused and said he'd fake an injury if asked to. After Bellamy was subsequently dropped, he called Souness a liar in the press. An £80,000 fine followed, and he never played in the black and white again.

5) Text trouble
A loan spell at Celtic was his next destination, and even though he was no longer at St James' Park, he still managed to start a row there. Obviously not a believer in picking his battles, this time he took on club legend Alan Shearer.

Following Newcastle's 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Manchester United in the 2005 FA Cup semi-final, Bellamy (allegedly) sent a string of texts to Shearer calling him an old man and questioning his ability. "Your legs are gone. You're too old. You're too slow," said one, albeit fairly accurate message.

Shearer was reported to have said he'd "knock his block off" if the little Welshman ever came back to Newcastle. Ooooh, scary.

6) Trial at Cardiff
Bellamy appeared before a judge again in 2006 after being accused of assaulting two women in a Cardiff nightclub. He was cleared following a five-day trial at Cardiff Magistrates Court.

7) The nutter with the putter
After a successful and relatively mild-mannered spell at Blackburn, Bellers pitched up at Liverpool in 2006, and it didn't take long for him to get back to his old fiery ways. The striker saw red during a team karaoke night, when full-back John Arne Riise refused to get up and sing.

The pair exchanged abuse and had to be separated by team-mates, but Bellamy wasn't finished. After the gathering had dispersed, he (allegedly) armed himself with a golf club, tracked down the Norwegian and took a swing at him.

In the first match following the incident, away at Barcelona in a Champions League last-16 tie, Bellamy celebrated his 1–1 equaliser by pretending to swing a golf club. He also set up the other goal, almost inevitably, for John Arne Riise.



8) Curbs your enthusiasm
Bellamy's knack for confrontation led to him getting embroiled in a heated war of words with West Ham manager Alan Curbishley following their side's defeat to Manchester City on the opening day of the 2007-2008 season. It was the striker's first game for the Hammers. The ding-dong with Curbs would rather set the tone for his Hammers career. In January 2009, after 18 months at Upton Park, there were rumours Tottenham and Man City were circling. After West Ham knocked back an approach from Spurs, Bellers didn't take it all that well and reportedly stormed out of training. Within days he left for City.

9) Happy slapping
The two sides to Bellamy were again on display during the Manchester derby at Old Trafford last season. After scoring a brilliant goal in injury time to level the score at 3-3, he then slapped a pitch invader in the face, who had run on to celebrate Michael Owen's late, late winner for United. He was warned by the FA about his future conduct. Hmm, that's him told then.

10) Don't call me scarf ace
Signed by Mark Hughes, Bellamy was one of many disgruntled City players when his fellow Welshman was fired and reportedly was part of a player deputation who protested the decision to chief executive Gary Cook. He's since feuded with scarf-wearing replacement Roberto Mancini, first over the Italian's training methods - a February row which reportedly ended with Bobby Manc telling Bellers to go home and not come back for three months. It's alleged that when Mancini had his spat with David Moyes in March, Bellamy audibly backed the Everton manager in comments made in the players' tunnel.

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