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Police called after Swansea training ground bust-up

The club have confirmed there was a heated exchange between players Chico Flores and Garry Monk but deny either used a brick to threaten the other.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup on the traning ground (file photo).
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup on the traning ground (file photo).
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SWANSEA CITY HAVE confirmed that police were called to the club’s training ground last week following a training-ground row involving defenders Garry Monk and Chico Flores.

The pair clashed on Friday, a day before Swansea’s 3-1 loss at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

Reports in the British media claimed Spanish centre-back Flores had threatened Monk with a brick during the incident, but Swansea denied the allegation.

“Chico Flores and Garry Monk had an exchange of words, which is not uncommon between players in training grounds across the country, but no threats or altercations took place between the players in question,” said a club spokesman.

It’s understood a member of the public phoned the police, who felt no action was required. The club can categorically state that nobody was threatened with a brick. The matter has been dealt with and is concluded.”

A statement from South Wales Police said: “Police were called to the training ground at around 1.30pm (1330 GMT) on Friday. Club officials were spoken to and no police action was required.”

Monk, the club’s former captain, has not played for Swansea since September due to a knee injury, but Flores is a regular member of manager Michael Laudrup’s first-choice starting XI.

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