Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri was forced to end Milan's Friday training session early, as punches were thrown between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and American international Oguchi Onyewu.
The altercation comes two days before Milan's match with Bari. No disciplinary decisions have been made. The squad are already without suspended midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng.
Onyewu is unavailable anyways due to injury, but will likely face punishment. Ibrahimovic is expected to start against the relegation fighters. However, he may potentially face discipline as well.
The American defender has only been called up once and has not suited up at all for Milan this year. He made only one appearance for the club in his first season last year when he played thirty minutes against FC Zurich in the Champions League. This summer, he extended his contract to last through June 2013.
Ibrahimovic, currently on loan from Barcelona, is tied with Brazilian Alexandre Pato for the team lead in league goals this year with four. He is reportedly already committed to the club for the next four years. However, he has been getting some unwanted attention since his move.
It started with a "joking" kick to the head of Rodney Strasser in training earlier this year and has picked up again this week. First, the Swede declared that he prefers playing alongside 37-year old super-scorer Pippo Inzaghi over Robinho, Pato or Ronaldinho on the attack. Now this altercation with Onyewu puts the former Ajax, Juventus, Inter and Barcelona star back in the news.
Disciplinary comments will likely follow in the days following Sunday's match.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!