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Men's Football Ranieri plays down players’ yoga fight

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 with Fulham precariously placed second from bottom.

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

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

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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