Eastlands stars Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure fight at Carrington training ground.
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A BITTER feud is behind the training ground scrap that saw Manu Adebayor and Kolo Toure dragged apart yesterday.
SunSport can reveal there has been tension between the Manchester City stars since Toure made comments before the trip to Fulham in November.
Toure publicly told some players at the club to stop whingeing and get on with the job.
Adebayor believed his old Arsenal team-mate was aiming the comments at him and there has been problems between them ever since.
Those problems finally blew up yesterday when, after a series of niggly tackles between the two, Adebayor fouled Toure from behind.
Toure took exception to the challenge and the pair grappled on the floor.
They refused to make up afterwards despite being ordered to by manager Roberto Mancini.
The shocking incident happened at lunchtime as City prepared for tonight’s clash at the Emirates.
Toure attempted to play down the clash. He said: “It was a bust-up because of a hard tackle.
“We both lost it but it was quickly calmed down. Other players and the manager came to separate us.
“It’s already forgotten. In any case, with Adebayor it’s not the first time and it won’t be the last.
“At Arsenal we often had a similar set-to. We know each other well, maybe too well.” (The Sun)
The trouble with Manchester City’s Carrington training ground is that it is so close to a public footpath, with no tree coverage to block photographers’ views, that it doesn’t offer the same privacy that other Premier League clubs boast.
Indeed, the club have been eager to point out that this sort of thing happens at every training ground in the world, but it can hardly occur with such startling regularity as it does at Eastlands.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has had to explain rows between James Milner and Yaya Toure, Adebayor and Vincent Kompany, and a second training ground altercation between Mario Balotelli and Jerome Boateng.
Could they be explained by a sheer will to win?
After all, the on-pitch confrontations were both in reaction to poor performances in defeat. Milner and Yaya Toure clashed at half time of their 0-3 defeat to Arsenal, while Adebayor and Kompany’s words were exchanged during the Wolverhampton Wanderers match.
As for the physical battles on the training ground, they could merely illustrate how much City want to compete – even in training, as both brawls stemmed from over-zealous challenges.
Roberto Mancini probably doesn’t want his team to receive this kind of publicity, but he can hardly be dissatisfied with the position of his team in the Barclays Premier League table.
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