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Fire in the Bellamy!

Craig Bellamy Ireland International February 2009

Craig Bellamy Ireland International February 2009

Mark Hughes has backed Craig Bellamy's response to a Welsh fan at Wednesday's international in Portugal and praised his contribution to City's performances since his arrival from Newcastle last month.

The combative striker was involved in a row after a supporter tried to interrupt a TV interview he was giving on the side of the pitch following Wales' defeat to Poland on neutral territory. Following the brief verbal altercation, Bellamy continued with this and other interviews, but his club (and former country) manager says that his commitment to the playing for his country cannot be questioned.

Hughes says, "I think he did well to spot a fan because I don't think there were that many there anyway!  When there are few fans there you can hear things a little too clearly. I think that's what has happened with Craig, and when he feels people are out of order he will tell them so.

"I am not sure of the circumstances of why Craig felt he had to pull the guy up, if he was questioning his commitment to the Welsh cause then he is totally out of order. No-one can question Craig's commitment to his country or his team.

 

He's the captain and he leads by example, maybe it was a case of too much sun and too much drink for this supporter.

Mark Hughes

 

Bellamy has scored twice since signing for City, and Hughes is convinced that those who doubted the wisdom of the move will have been won round by the 29-year-old.

"Craig has been excellent for us, I think people now can see why I wanted to bring him to the club. The fee that gets mentioned is invariably the wrong figure, it keeps being quoted as £14million, but that was not the price we paid for him.

"Irrespective of that, I am convinced that come the end of the season he will be value for money."

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