In his newly published autobiography, says John Arne Riise a horror story that the visit of Liverpool to Barcelona in 2007 overshadowed.
It was The Guardian that, just before new year an extract published from the newly published biography of the Norwegian John Arne Riise, who from 2001 to 2008 the left of Liverpool afdweilde.
In the eighth finals of the 2006-2007 season had the fate of Liverpool in the quarter-final to Barcelona linked. On 21 February it was the heenwedstrijd in Camp Nou and in order to prepare traveled with the team to the Portuguese Algarve. On the program: five days of light training, golf, chilling out in the sun and what socialisen each other.
Riise in Running Man: ‘I shared in an exclusive resort, the room with Daniel Agger. On Thursday, there was a dinner without trainers, or manager. You should drink a few pints. Steven Gerrard booked a private room for us at Monty’s, near the beach. In the bar I saw a karaoke machine.
“A few teammates, including Craig Bellamy, started drinking before the food reached the table. Very soon there was a microphone at the table and Bellamy roared: “Riise is going to sing, Riise is going to sing.” That remained the last, even while eating. He was already pretty drunk and I found it annoying. When he continued to insist, I was angry and I went up to him: “I do not sing, stop it or I’ll give you knock.” He shouted back: “I’m going to kill you, redhead.”
‘With Sami Hyypiä I took later in the evening a taxi. Agger wanted to still continue, so I promised the door of the room does not lock. There I fell fast asleep. I woke up when someone in the dark, a door opened. Blinded by the sudden light I did not direct that it is not Agger was, but Bellamy which my bed stood. In his hands: a golf club.’
What followed is too crazy for words: Bellamy, in a drunken stupor, got out and tried to Riise on the shins store. That drew just in time, his leg away and tried to protect themselves with a bed sheet. “It doesn’t matter to me that I have to go to jail, go, my children, have enough money,” Bellamy while he re-uithaalde and full of the hip of Riise struck. And then his thigh. Then Riise him calm down.
Riise cried the doctor, and who called Rafa Benitez, who is calm remained, and promised the next morning to regulate everything. His question then Bellamy. He also received a fine of 80,000 pounds. Both players would later in the game, still play an important role: Bellamy scored just before the break and the fourth goal… with the mimic of a wave.