Saturday 16 February 2019

Kamara arrested and banned from grounds after fight with 'Fulham staff'

Fight club : Aboubakar Kamara has not played for Fulham since their 4-1 defeat to Arsenal on January 1. Photo: Getty Images
Fight club : Aboubakar Kamara has not played for Fulham since their 4-1 defeat to Arsenal on January 1. Photo: Getty Images

Sam Dean

Fulham forward Aboubakar Kamara has been arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm and criminal damage after a clash at the club's training ground. Kamara has been banned indefinitely from the club after the arrest, which comes after the controversial striker was left out of the squad for Fulham's past two matches and ordered to train with their U-23 side.

The 23-year-old has had two altercations with Aleksandar Mitrovic in recent weeks, including an alleged fight during a yoga session.

Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri said last month that he "wanted to kill" Kamara after he had defied team orders by grabbing the ball from Mitrovic against Huddersfield and then missing a late penalty.

It is believed that Kamara clashed with a Fulham member of staff on Monday evening after arriving at training with the intention of resolving his future at the club.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Police were called to a training ground in New Malden shortly after 17.00 on Monday, January 21 to reports of a fight. Officers attended. One man, in his 20s, was arrested on suspicion of ABH and criminal damage. He has been taken into custody in a south London police station. Enquiries continue."

In a club statement, Fulham said: "The club is grateful for the swift attention and action by the Metropolitan Police immediately following our reporting of the incident on Monday. The subject who was arrested is banned indefinitely from all club activities.

"We will refrain from further comment, but will stress that we will fully cooperate with any new or continuing investigation or legal proceeding in the name of providing everyone a secure and safe working environment."

Kamara, who joined Fulham from Amiens in the summer of 2017, has scored five goals in 15 appearances this season, but he has not played for Ranieri since Fulham's 4-1 defeat by Arsenal on January 1.

Ranieri had said earlier this month that he held "no grudge" against Kamara for the penalty miss against Huddersfield. The French forward was racially abused on social media following his miss in that match, which Fulham won 1-0.

Kamara apologised to his team-mates in the wake of that incident, and defender Tim Ream said that the club now needed to "pull in the same direction" and support him.

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