Eurosport - Fri, 19 Feb 11:14:00 2010
Here are some of the highlights (or lowlights, depending on your view) from a player even Sir Bobby Robson described as the "gobbiest" he had ever managed.
Craig Bellamy v John Carver
Air travel can be a stressful business, and Bellamy had what could be euphemistically described as a heated exchange with assistant coach John Carver at Newcastle Airport in 2004. 'Euphemistically' because it involved the Welshman throwing a chair at the coach. A remarkably sanguine Carver played the incident down, saying he caught the chair and managed to calm down an irate Bellamy.
Craig Bellamy v Graeme Souness
These two combustible characters were bound to fall out at some point, and they clashed in the 2004/05 season at Newcastle when Souness insisted on playing Bellamy out of position on the right wing. A difference of opinion occurred, Souness accused Bellamy of faking injury, Bellamy called Souness a liar - in a live TV interview, no less. Souness said Bellamy would never play for Newcastle again and sent him out on loan to Celtic.
Craig Bellamy v Alan Shearer
Bellamy crossed swords with the Toon legend during his time at Newcastle. As the Welshman's final season petered out on loan to Celtic 2005, he reportedly sent Shearer texts following the club's FA Cup exit taunting: "Your legs are gone. You're too old. You're too slow." In light of Shearer's supposed preference to deliver a rather less technologically advanced response, Bellamy was lucky to get out of St James' in one piece. Mind you, he was probably right. Shearer retired the following summer.
Craig Bellamy v John Arne Riise
Sun-kissed training camps have been the scene of many an indiscretion from footballers, but none is more celebrated than Bellamy's effort in 2007 when Liverpool took a break in the Algarve. A row over Riise's refusal to sing karaoke spilled over into comedy violence, with Bellamy allegedly taking a five iron to the Norwegian's legs. It was all smiles when Bellamy scored against Barcelona days later and celebrated with his famous golf swing.
Craig Bellamy v Manchester United fans
Bellamy could argue - not unreasonably - that he has simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time twice this season. In September he had an altercation with a pitch invader after United's dramatic 4-3 win over City. Then he was struck by a 50p piece thrown from the crowd during the clubs' recent Carling Cup semi-final. Twice an innocent party, it was thought Bellamy had finally turned a corner. Until this morning...