Birmingham City’s pre-season match with Akhmat Grozny boiled over into angry scenes in Jenbach.
An on-field confrontation erupted one minute before half time when Akhmat’s Odise Roshi reacted to Craig Gardner and went head to head with the Blues midfielder.
That prompted a melee on the field with Akhmat subsitutes and coaches getting involved.
In the stand Blues fans barracked the Chechen players only for one member of the Akhmat backroom team to stride across the aisle to the Birmingham supporters and angrily tap one on the shoulder.
That was the catalyst to a stand-off in which two or three Akhmat staff played incendiary roles.
The referee took the players off the pitch and police arrived at half time to find calm restored.
The game resumed as normal after half time.
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Birmingham City were amongst a number of English football clubs who were in attendance as Glenavon took on Molde in the Europa League in Lurgan on Wednesday, writes Joseph Chapman.
The Irish Premiership club edged their Norwegian visitors 2-1 in the first round qualifying match, but Molde’s Erling Haaland – son of former Leeds and Manchester City man Alf-Inge – was the main attraction on the field.
Sending scouts to matches around the continent is common practice for many a football club, but it does offer an insight into the kind of player clubs and managers are keeping their eyes on.
Representatives from Blues were joined by Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle from the Premier League, and Sheffield Wednesday and Hull were among those in attendance from the Championship at Mourneview Park.
Celtic and Hearts from the SPL were also in Lurgan, as were Dutch side Feyenoord.
Eirik Hastad gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s visitors the lead, but goals from Rhys Marshall and Joshua Daniels turned the game on its head for the hosts.
Another bid for Bart?
Birmingham City are preparing another offer for Ipswich Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski after the first was turned down, according to reports .
Bialkowski, 31, is understood to be a target, though the Tractor Boys are unlikely to let him go without a fight.
He has been the club’s player of the year for three years in a row and such performances earned him a place in the Poland squad for the Russian World Cup this summer.
Though they won’t part with Bialkowski unless they received a suitable enough offer, Ipswich have reportedly looked at Rangers keeper Wes Foderingham and Bolton man Ben Amos as potential replacements.
Blues have left both David Stockdale and Tomasz Kuszczak at home this week as the squad headed for Austria to begin their pre-season preparations.
Both of the club’s existing senior goalkeepers have been told they can leave St Andrew’s this summer if they can find new clubs, and Garry Monk is on the look out for a new first-choice stopper.
Blues are in talks with EFL officials and are hopeful of resolving their current dispute over Financial Fair Play.
It was reported on Monday that Blues have been hit with a transfer embargo by the EFL having failed to fix their FFP situation, despite requests from the governing body to do so.
The EFL have also refused to register Kristian Pedersen following the Danish defender’s £2.2million transfer from Union Berlin in June.
Pedersen, who is currently enjoying his first Blues pre-season training camp out in Austria, is in limbo but Blues hope to clear things up quickly.
Reports suggest the EFL are working through FFP submissions dating back to June 30 and imposing sanctions where necessary.
The embargo hasn’t prevented Blues from pursuing transfer targets with Monk plotting moves for several moves – Bialkowski, it appears, being one of them.
Source : BirminghamMail