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Craig Bellamy Reveals Complete Backstory To Infamous Riise Golf Club Incident

Craig Bellamy Reveals Complete Backstory To Infamous Riise Golf Club Incident
By Gary Connaughton Updated

While Liverpool experienced plenty of success under Rafael Benitez, one of the most famous incidents of his tenure at Anfield didn't even take place on the pitch.

In the buildup to the club's Champions League tie with Barcelona, they would go to on a training camp to Portugal. After things got a bit heated on a night out, Craig Bellamy would end up attacking teammate John Arne Riise with a golf club.

It was claimed that the two got into an argument after the Norwegian refused to sing in a karaoke bar, despite Bellamy egging him on to do so.

The whole thing was mad, but we have now been given further details on what exactly happened.

Speaking on Jamie Carragher's The Greatest Game podcast, Bellamy recalled the day that led up to that infamous incident. The refusal to sing was certainly a part of it, but so was Riise's cheating on the golf course and his skipping of the Christmas party a couple of months earlier.

Here's how Bellamy breaks down those events:

I played golf with him that day, me and Robbie (Fowler). I think (Steve) Finnan was playing with us as well.

We are playing, and you know when you hit the ball in the woods, or I seen it once drop into the pond and Riise was on the other side of the pond saying 'I've got it'. I look at Robbie and say 'there's no way he found that ball'.

What gave it away was when I went into the woods looking for his ball and he found it and it was on a tee! Then I knew he was cheating. All day he was just winding me up.

When we into the night there was a curfew. Stevie (Gerrard) said if one person breaks the curfew then everyone has to do it. We ended staying for a few more drinks, then it went into karaoke.

One or two new players had signed in January and they had to sing a song. Riise ended up missing the Christmas do, he said he had to go back to Norway.

We checked the flights and there were no flights out to Norway that day, and then he admitted lying. Part of that was you had to sing a Christmas song.

Imagine me having been playing golf with him all day. He didn't want to sing, but after me putting up with him all day and I knew he was cheating, I was getting my own back by saying he had to sing a song.

No way was I letting him off with this. During that time he gets up and says 'I'm not singing a song, and you can stop going on about it', something along those lines.

When you're drunk, no matter what was said was times ten, I thought he had threatened me. Sami Hyypia was sat next to me and told me to let it go.

It was just eating away at me more and more as the hours went on. That's how we got there.

Bellamy did not divulge any information on the incident itself at the request of Carragher, but it seems clear the pair didn't really see eye-to-eye.

In any case, it didn't affect their fortunes on the pitch. Liverpool would go on to beat Barcelona at the Camp Nou in their very next game, with Bellamy and Riise scoring the goals in a famous 2-1 victory.

You couldn't make it up.


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