November 05, 2010
American defender Oguchi Onyewu has had a difficult time at AC Milan. Since joining the club, he's had a major knee injury that cost him most of last season and subsequently offered to play a year for free in an effort to prove his worth to the team. As he continues to try and work his way back from that injury, finding a spot is still proving difficult for Gooch. And given that frustration and desire to stay healthy, you can imagine how he wouldn't take kindly to a teammate going in hard on him in training.
Well, Zlatan Ibrahimovic apparently didn't consider those facts before doing just that. From the AP:
AC Milan teammates Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Oguchi Onyewu brawled during a training match Friday.
Team vice president Adriano Galliani, speaking with SkySport24 TV, described the fight as “very lively” but said both players have resolved their differences. He didn’t say what sparked the brawl.
The Italian news agency ANSA said the American defender and the Swedish forward came to blows during the scrimmage and had to be separated by teammates and Milan staff.
Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Onyewu even had Ibrahimovic by the throat at one point, which makes one wonder how Ibra is still alive right now. You simply don't mess with Gooch like that.
Zlatan does have a history of attacking his Milan teammates during training in his brief period with the club, though. He was caught kicking Rodney Strasser in the upper back for apparently going in hard on him earlier that day back in September. Shocking that a guy as temperamental as Zlatan can dish it out, but can't take it.
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