Fernandinho plays down Vincent Kompany altercation

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Reports earlier in the week claimed that the reason Vincent Kompany was dropped to the bench against Leicester City was due to an argument with team mate Fernandinho  during half-time at Anfield where the Blues lost 2-1 to Liverpool.

The Brazilian midfielder was also missing from the Foxes clash which fuelled the tabloid fires even more. Some reports even suggested that the two Manchester City players nearly came to blows at one point, with other players and the manager himself having to step in, something the former Shahktar player denies.

“I have seen a few things about this, and people are creating and telling stories, even though it didn’t happen that way,” said the midfielder, who was helping out at a City in the Community disability awareness session with school children in Wythenshawe, Manchester

“Every player in every team speaks to each other in order to improve the quality on the pitch – that communication is necessary. You have to talk, and that is what happened.

“There was a conversation, and not much more than that. I don’t know why people actually thought there was a fight - we spoke about how we could improve things in that match.

Nothing against Vinny

“I don’t have anything bad to say about Vinny – he is a great player, a great team member, and I have always liked him. It’s very weird that this story actually came up, for something so small to suddenly become so big.

“It was nothing major. There were other people around us, and you have to raise your voice a little bit. There was no fight, just a conversation.

“I understand that people sometimes raise their voices to make their point more clearly, but that was not actually the case. I can only presume some people around us felt we were raising our voices, and that it was a situation different to the usual.

“Myself and Vinny spoke about it that day, and everything was settled on that day, finished.”


Fernandinho absence during the Leicester game was nothing to do with any argument. instead the conspiracy theorist will be disappointed to know that it was a simply case of injury and illness.

The midfielder explains: “I had a calf injury and wasn’t feeling very well, so I didn’t actually train during the week.”


All missing parties are expected to be involved this weekend as City travel to nearby Burnley. A win is a must as the Blues try and keep pace with the league leaders Chelsea and hope to capitalize on any slip ups.

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