Craig Bellamy probe: Manchester City striker at the centre of Everton spat

26 March 2010 03:11
Outburst: Craig Bellamy is under investigation

Craig Bellamy is involved in another Manchester City investigation after allegations of an incident in the players' tunnel at the end of his team's 2-0 defeat by Everton at Eastlands on Wednesday night.

Sportsmail understands City striker Bellamy will be spoken to today by the club's football administrator Brian Marwood about comments he is alleged to have made ashe left the field.

One story leaked to Sportsmail last night was that Bellamy may have made audible comments in support of David Moyes in the wake of the touchline bust-up between the Everton manager and City boss Roberto Mancini towards the end of the Barclays Premier League match.

It is understood that Bellamy will be asked about this and that other Cityplayers may be questioned about what they saw or heard.

Scuffle: Moyes and Mancini clash in Everton's win over City on Wednesday night

Last night City would not comment. Bellamy fell out with Manciniover the Italian's coaching methods in February. It is certainly notunusual for him to argue with opponents or team-mates after a game.

Battle: City's Gareth Barry (right) tussles with Everton star Tim Cahill

However, reports of this latest incident are known to have been serious enough toprompt City to investigate.

Thedevelopment came as City last night found themselves in an escalatingrow with Everton over a directors' box disagreement between Eastlandschief executive Garry Cook and a guest of the Merseyside club'sofficial party.

Managers Mancini and Moyes could yet be charged with misconduct by the FA afterthey clashed on the touchline in injury time. But it also emerged last night that arivalry that intensified when City pursued and signed defender Joleon Lescottfrom Goodison Park in the summer spilled over in the directors' box.

It is understood that Cook reacted angrily when he believed millionaire property director George Downing a guest of an Everton director was joining in with chants coming from the away end at the final whistle.

With Everton fans singing: '2-0 and we've spent **** all', Cook turned round and told Downing to shut up. City allege that Downing's language then became increasingly offensive while Everton claim that it was Cook who was on his feet spouting obscenities.

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