Wales lose in Poland

Bellamy involved in row with Wales fan

February 12, 2009

Wales captain Craig Bellamy had to be led away from a row with a fan after his side's 1-0 defeat to Poland.

Bellamy, who had been a major doubt before the game with a knee injury and was not expected to play in Portugal, was only risked until half-time in a match Wales lost to a late goal from Legia Warsaw striker Roger Guerreiro.

But his reward for his desire not to miss out on the friendly, with several other senior players having pulled out, was to become the target of one fan who was hurling abuse from the main stand.

Bellamy was doing a touchline interview at the time, and he turned to the fan to shout back that he deserved a little more respect while trying to do TV work.

He pointed back at the fan before being ushered away by Wales backroom staff.

But afterwards Bellamy brushed aside the spat with a smile.

He said: "These things happen, I don't want to make any fuss about it. Maybe it was because of a few drinks.

"It always seems to be me, though. I have shown my commitment to Wales by turning up for these sort of games, but it is me that always seems to get picked on for stick.

"I'm the one who turns up for games. I'm passionate about my country, maybe too passionate at times."