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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 January, 2005, 13:39 GMT
Newcastle fine Bellamy after row
Craig Bellamy
Newcastle have fined their Welsh striker Craig Bellamy two weeks' wages - about 80,000 - following his row with manager Graeme Souness.

But Bellamy, 25, has not been put on the transfer list, although he did not train with the first team on Tuesday.

Magpies chairman Freddy Shepherd told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle: "It is not about money. It is about a player thinking he is bigger than this club.

"No individual is, be it the chairman, the manager or a player."

Souness dropped Bellamy for Sunday's game against Arsenal, claiming the Welshman had feigned injury after being asked to play out of position.

"When I heard what the manager was saying I was in shock," Bellamy said. "I thought 'not only has he gone behind my back, he's lying'," he said in response to Souness' remarks.

And the Wales international refused to apologise.

"I won't apologise because I have done nothing wrong," he told the Evening Chronicle. "There's no doubt about it, I am out of here."

The difficult relationship between Souness and Bellamy boiled over at the weekend, and has led to a war of words in the media.

THE BELLAMY BUSINESS
FRIDAY:
Craig Bellamy, unhappy at playing in midfield, walks out of training saying he is injured
Graeme Souness, Bellamy and chairman Freddie Shepherd hold a summit meeting

SUNDAY:
Bellamy left out of squad to play Arsenal
Graeme Souness says on TV Bellamy walked out of training faking injury
Bellamy responds by saying on TV he was fit to play

MONDAY:
Bellamy gives a TV interview in which he accuses Souness of lying
Shepherd says Bellamy is cheating the club and their supporters

TUESDAY:
Bellamy fined two weeks' wages by Newcastle but not put on transfer list

Bellamy's claim that Souness had lied about the background to the bust-up was strongly denied by Shepherd, who accused the striker of "cheating" the club.

"I wish to put the record straight regarding the Bellamy situation," said Shepherd.

"Craig walked off the training ground saying his hamstring was tight (on Friday), but what he failed to reveal was that he had told other members of the squad before training that he intended to feign injury.

"When Graeme discovered this he immediately ordered Bellamy to attend a meeting in my office.

"At that meeting Bellamy admitted to Graeme and I that he had told the players that he was going to "fake" an injury in training and walk off.

"He also agreed at that meeting to apologise to his team-mates for his behaviour. He didn't do this which resulted in the action taken by the manager at the weekend, which I fully support.

"In my book this is cheating on the club, the supporters, the manager and his own team-mates.

"He is paid extremely well and I consider his behaviour to be totally unacceptable and totally unprofessional."

THE BELLAMY-SOUNESS ROW
I've been told to do a job for the team... but I'm playing out of position and want to go up front
Craig Bellamy

Sometimes you have to play in a position that you may feel is not your best
Graeme Souness

Bellamy's latest outburst would appear to make his chances of a first-team recall remote.

But even before Newcastle said the player would not be sold, Bellamy insisted he had no intention of handing in a transfer request.

"I don't want the fans to think for one minute that I wouldn't play for this club," he said.

"I'd play anywhere for this club, even in goal.

"It's a very difficult situation for me at the moment but I'd never ask to leave this club.

"This club means so much to me. I couldn't do it because I know I couldn't come back here and play against Newcastle. It would hurt too much."


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Interview: Graeme Souness on Craig Bellamy





VOTE RESULTS
Who do you back in the Newcastle row?
Graeme Souness
46%
Craig Bellamy
19%
Both as bad as each other
35%
29834 Votes Cast
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Robson critical of Magpies feud
25 Jan 05 |  Newcastle United



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