Bellamy fans the flames

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Wales captain Craig Bellamy had to be led away from a row with a fan after his side's 1-0 defeat to Poland.

Injury worry Bellamy was only risked until half-time in a match Wales lost to a late goal from Roger Guerreiro. But his reward for his desire not to miss out on the friendly was to become the target of one fan who was hurling abuse from the main stand.

He said: "These things happen, I don't want to make any fuss about it. Maybe it was because of a few drinks."

Bellamy was doing a touchline interview at the time, and he turned to the fan to shout back that he deserved a little more respect while trying to do TV work.

He pointed back at the fan before being ushered away by Wales backroom staff, but afterwards Bellamy brushed aside the spat with a smile.

He continued: "It always seems to be me. I have shown my commitment to Wales by turning up for these sort of games, but it is me that always seems to get picked on for stick.

"I'm the one who turns up for games. I'm passionate about my country, maybe too passionate at times."

Manager John Toshack said: "We are disappointing to lose a goal like that, and I am not blaming Boaz.

"It was the first time we have seen these lads for three months so with big World Cup matches coming up in March this was a good exercise. We did need to get the lads together. We had a look at 15 outfield players and they held their own.

"We are quite pleased overall. We don't like getting beaten but they are a lot of places (37) above us in the rankings."

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