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Fulham's Aboubakar Kamara arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm and criminal damage

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Fulham's Aboubakar Kamara was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm and criminal damage after a fight at the club's training ground, Press Association Sport understands.

Police were called to Motspur Park when the 23-year-old forward was involved in an incident on Monday evening, and he has since been banned from the club's training ground.

The Frenchman was earlier this month also allegedly involved in another fight with his team-mate Aleksandar Mitrovic, which took place during a team yoga session.

"Police were called to a training ground in New Malden, shortly after 17.00hrs on Monday, 21 January to reports of a fight," the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

"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."

A club statement from Fulham, who sit 19th in the Premier League as they struggle against relegation, read: "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 Motspur Park and 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."

The incident is the latest controversy in which Kamara, who was signed in July 2017, has been involved.

In the December 29 victory over Huddersfield he ignored team orders and instead took responsibility from Mitrovic, who among other team-mates he argued with, for a late penalty he ultimately missed.

Mitrovic then rescued him by scoring a winning goal before Fulham's manager Claudio Ranieri said he had wanted to "kill" Kamara, who he also accused of lacking respect for his club and team-mates while revealing he would consider dropping him for their next fixture, against Arsenal.

The forward appeared as a substitute and even scored at the Emirates Stadium but has not made a further appearance in their three fixtures since then, during which allegations of the fight during yoga emerged.


Ranieri plays down yoga bust-up between Kamara and Mitrovic

Mitrovic and Kamara had a very public spat on the pitch over penalty taking duties. Credit: PA

Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri has played down the yoga bust-up between Aleksandar Mitrovic and Aboubakar Kamara.

The strikers had a row during a yoga session at the club's training ground, with reports claiming they had to be separated by team-mates.

The incident came just a couple of weeks after they had argued over who would take a penalty against Huddersfield.

It was an argument Kamara won, only to subsequently miss the spot-kick.

But Ranieri insisted: "It wasn't a battle, it was a chat and something that happens in every team.

"I don't think it was about the penalty."

Nevertheless, it was a distraction Ranieri could have done without as with Fulham precariously placed second from bottom.

They are five points from safety and face a tough home game against Tottenham on Sunday.

Ranieri has been linked with a move for Chelsea's former England defender Gary Cahill as he attempts to shore up his leaky backline.

However, the Italian said: "Gary is a very important player and for us it would be fantastic but I don't know if he wants to come and fight with us."

One piece of good news was the arrival of former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel this week.

The 32-year-old Holland international, signed from Besiktas, is set to go straight into the squad to face Spurs.

"I hope Ryan can bring his experience and strength, he's a quality player who can score some goals because we need goals, and of course I hope he can adapt to our football as soon as possible," said Ranieri.

"I am happy because he played for Liverpool and he knows the Premier League very well.

"He's not fit 100 per cent so I must choose if we start with him or during the match."

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