Rafa Benitez has finished his press conference this afternoon for the game at Southampton on Sunday, and he has talked about the altercation between captain Jamaal Lascelles and Mo Diame in training.
It turns out that Rafa has asked Jamaal to make sure everybody is pushing themselves in training and we suppose he thought Mo wasn’t and kept telling him to push harder.
Mo reacted after a while, and poor old Jonjo Shelvey was the peacemaker but managed to come out of it all with a broken finger.
Rafa Benitez – talks about Lascelles Diame altercation
This is what Rafa said about the altercation, and he said he’s seen a lot worse than what happened between Jamaal and Mo:
“It was a surprise. There was a fight. Jonjo was in the middle and he was making the peace.”
“I have told Jamaal to keep pushing the players. Mo normally trains really well. It was all normal’.”
“I’ve seen worse than that. It’s a normal thing. That sometimes happens.”
“They have been training and have been in the same team in some exercises.”
Rafa has said one of the punishments for Mo and Jamaal is to pay for dinner on the next night out for the team.
We expect Shelvey to get the most expensive meal on the menu.