Ex-Liverpool star Riise reveals Bellamy nearly broke shins with golf club during infamous attack
JOHN ARNE RIISE has revealed the amazing night Liverpool team-mate Craig Bellamy attacked him with golf clubs – nearly inflcting career-threatening injuries.
Noway’s most capped player Riise, 38, detailed the explosive behaviour and personality of Welshman Bellamy, 39, now a Sky Sports pundit, when they were Liverpool team-mates from 2007-2008.
John Arne Riise has revealed the amazing behaviour and some of the ‘complicated’ character of controversial Craig BellamyAlamy Live News
Both have long retired as players but Riise believes his days on the pitch would have been over much earlier if the former Manchester City striker had been more accurate during his scary assault.
Riise told MailOnline, for the release of his autobiography Running Man: “If he had hit me in his first stroke… if he had hit my shins I would have been done.”
Even Bellamy’s own book described the 2007 assault, on a training camp in Portugal, as “pathetic, drunken and bullying”
And now Riise has explained why ex-Newcastle, West Ham and Cardiff ace Bellamy was such a controversial figure during his 18-year career.
Craig Bellamy’s first spell at Liverpool included two years alongside Norwegian John Arne Riise – who he attacked with a golf club in PortugalPA:Press Association
John Arne Riise says Craig Bellamy would act tough – but was a ‘big puppy’ if someone stood up to himNews Group Newspapers Ltd
Former Fulham and Roma defender Riise sais of his reaction to the attack: “I just wanted him to think twice, go back to his room and then we can meet up in the morning and finish it off properly.
“I was ready to do that but he didn’t show.”
Riise also reveals he was furious not long after the flare-up when Bellamy “disrespected” him – celebrating a Champions League goal at Barcelona by swinging an imaginary golf club.
Former Liverpool star Craig Bellamy has himself described his assault on then-Liverpool team-mate John Arne Riise as ‘pathetic’ and ‘bullying’Getty – Contributor
Yet the wideman also claimed Bellamy’s bullying antics would crumble if someone stood up to him.
Riise said: “He was strange as he was cocky and confident and loud – screaming and shouting in training – but if you stood up to him he was like a big puppy.
“I remember Fulham versus Liverpool and Clint Dempsey said something to Craig and he s*** his pants.
“Bellamy is complicated and I don’t know much about it. So I can forgive but I don’t forget.”
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