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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 September, 2003, 14:28 GMT 15:28 UK
Carew sent home
John Carew
Carew came to blows with Riise
Norway striker John Carew has been sent home after coming to blows with Liverpool's John Arne Riise.

The international team-mates fell out during training ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Portugal and had to be separated by Wolves striker Steffen Iversen.

The heated exchanges continued on the team bus, with the two players coming to blows again, and Carew was subsequently ordered to leave the squad.

"The coaching staff, players and members of the Norwegian Football Federation have agreed unanimously to remove John Carew from the the squad to face Portugal on Wednesday," said Norway coach Nils Johan Semb.

We have apologised to each other and made up
John Arne Riise

And federation spokesman Tore Krogstad added: "The decision was unanimous and correct, and the incident was so serious and unacceptable that it demanded such an outcome."

Full-back Riise said on Tuesday, however, that he had already healed the rift with Carew.

"We have apologised to each other and made up. This sort of thing happens but we went too far.

"But we made up on Monday evening, both apologised and we sat in a room and talked."

Carew opted to fly to Italy, where he has recently joined the Serie A side Roma on a season-long loan from Valencia.

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