Swansea: Incidents dealt with

Swansea City have played down reports of a training-ground bust-up last week involving a number of players from the first-team squad.

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There have been reports which suggested that a fight took place between six Swansea players during a full-scale practice match last Wednesday ahead of Sunday's Premier League game against Chelsea which the Swans lost 1-0.

The Welsh club have confirmed some incidents occurred, but that these have now been dealt with.

"Yes, there were a couple of incidents between certain players, which the club does not condone yet understands," said a Swansea spokesman.

"They were quickly dealt with and everyone moved on.

"These things often happen on training grounds up and down the country, so despite the media reports, Swans fans shouldn't be concerned.

"The squad had just returned to training on the back of a disappointing defeat at Hull, and their frustration at not getting the result they wanted boiled over during a full 11 v 11 practice match between the group."

Swansea winger Nathan Dyer says a report of the bust-up has: "blown everything out of proportion."

"The mood in the camp is very good," he told the club's website.

"I know there has been a report in the press today about a training ground bust-up, but I think all the effort and commitment on display against Chelsea proved that we are all working for each other - and not against each other, as is being suggested.

"The report has blown everything out of proportion and it is not what it seems. We are a good bunch and we work hard for each other.

"We are all fully focused on the last four games and we owe the fans a win or

two before the end of the season."

Swansea are currently three points above the relegation zone, having won just two of their 10 league games since head coach Garry Monk took charge following manager Michael Laudrup's exit in early February.

They travel to Newcastle on Sunday, then host Aston Villa and Southampton before concluding their league campaign at Sunderland on May 11.

"There are a lot of winners within the squad, and they want to finish the job," the spokesman added.

"You only have to look at the commitment and effort they put in against Chelsea on Sunday with just 10 men to see that.

"It certainly looked like a team that was fighting for each other, rather than against each other - as is being suggested in some quarters."

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