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Swedish players in locker room bust-up

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11:52 CEST+02:00
Swedish captain Olof Mellberg and team-mate Freddie Ljungberg had a bust-up on Saturday after a disappointing World Cup draw against Trinidad and Tobago, TV4 reported on Monday.

The brawl brought back memories of the 2002 World Cup in Japan, when Ljungberg angrily went for Mellberg following a hard sliding tackle during training and the players had to be separated by force.

But this time, it was no more than "a hot but short dispute", the TT news agency quoted team spokesman Thomas Saleteg as saying. He denied that the dispute had become physically violent.

According to reports, the row began in the locker room when Ljungberg expressed his unhappiness with the Swedish game after the Trinidad and Tobago match on Saturday, which ended in a goalless draw.

He specifically complained about long passes coming from the Swedish defence, especially from Mellberg.

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