Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou and West Brom defender Abdoulaye Meite were left out of Ivory Coast's
World Cup qualifier against Guinea
at the weekend after a training ground bust-up.
Kalou kicked out at Meite during a scuffle, and the pair could be omitted
from Wednesday's friendly against Germany in Gelsenkirchen.
Kalou said: "Meite is a big brother, I have apologised and he has
a pity that it was between Abdoulaye and myself. We were punished and I have
accepted that and that's how we move
"You recognise your mistake and
you learn - we've talked and it's over."
Meite added: "Things
got a little heated but we are human and these things can happen."
Still, if you
believe David Beckham ("There's
nothing wrong with a bit of controversy in a club. It brings players and teams
together and it's done that."), the barney may well set the Ivorians
on the way to World Cup glory.
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Thousands of Algerian and Egyptian fans have descended on Khartoum for a decisive World Cup qualifier
between the two Arab rivals as Sudanese police go on high alert after weekend
Algerian authorities have mobilised planes and offered discounted tickets
for Desert Fox fans to come and watch Wednesday's
match against the Pharaohs in Omdurman, the twin
city of Khartoum on the Nile.
"We expect 48 aircraft from Algeria
and 18 from Egypt,"
said Khartoum state governor Abdelrahman
al-Khidr, noting about 2,000 Egyptians were also expected to take buses, while
thousands already lived and worked in Khartoum.
not seen a such football pilgrimage since hosting the African Nations Cup in
1970, and is unaccustomed to major international events.
Hotels in the Sudanese capital were fully booked on Tuesday, forcing local
authorities to set up two separate sites for each camp of supporters, several miles
Authorities are trying to separate the fans to avoid violence that has
erupted over the race between the bitter North African rivals for a place at
World Cup 2010, as witnessed in Algeria,
Egypt and France in
FIFA hastily arranged the play-off in neutral territory after Egypt's
2-0 home win over Algeria
on Saturday left the teams deadlocked at the top of their World Cup qualifying
But the match was preceded by violence, including a stonethrowing attack by
Egyptian supporters on the Algerian team bus when it arrived in Cairo on Thursday,
injuring several players and staff.
That prompted Algeria's foreign ministry to summon the Egyptian ambassador
in Algiers in
order to express "deep concern."
Away fans were also hurt after Saturday's
match, leading to revenge attacks by Algerians on Egyptian companies based in Algiers on Monday.
"They beat our wives and our guys in Egypt...
we are standing ready to kick their behinds if they do something to us,"
said Shakib, an Algerian supporter who came from Abu Dhabi.
"We don't want to fight, we
want a clean game, but if they come after us we will defend the flag."
Around 15,000 police are on standby in case things boil over before, during
and after the game, said Khartoum
state governor Abderrahman al-Khidr.
Omdurman's Al-Merreikh stadium seats 41,000, but the
authorities have limited the number of tickets for the match to 35,000
spectators for safety reasons.
About 9,000 seats have been reserved for the rival fans at opposite ends of
"The game has become so enormous... Honestly, it will degenerate if
they (the supporters of both teams) meet in the stadium or on the street,"
the journalist Ahmed warned.
The North African rivals have a history of bad blood, with riots breaking
out after Egypt defeated Algeria in a 1989 match in Cairo.
Algeria player Lakhdar
Belloumi was tried in absentia and sentenced to prison in Egypt for
allegedly seriously injuring the Egyptian team doctor with a bottle after that
Egypt last qualified for
the World Cup in 1990, and Algeria
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