Galatasaray manager Fatih Terim has revealed that the club are considering the prospect of forgiving Spanish winger Albert Riera and Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo after the two were involved in a training ground bust up.
The two were fined after the incident and were told that they had no future at the club. However, recognising their importance for Galatasaray, Fatih Terim has confirmed that the club are currently in discussions with the top officials over the possibility of forgiving the two players. It is thought that the two players had an argument during training, which escalated into a major incident when Felipe Melo decided to lock up Albert Riera in a room and beat him.
Albert Riera sustained a number of injuries and had to be hospitalised. The two were seen exchanging foul mouthed languages prior to the bust up. It was revealed that the top officials of Galatasaray had decided to give the final say to manager Fatih Terim over this issue. The manager has now said that he might look at the possibility of forgiving the two players. Fatih Terim has said that he has considered forgiving them after a number of the current players approached the manager requesting their stay at the club.
“I wasn’t expecting that my players would come to speak up for their friends. It’s impossible for me not to be affected by this. I know they are both sorry. Melo is one of my important players. Despite that, some things can be sacrificed for the sake of principles and institutions,” manager Fatih Terim said in a recent interview regarding the future of both players. Albert Riera moved to Galatasaray a few seasons ago from English Premier league club Liverpool. He was originally signed by Rafa Benitez at Liverpool before he left for the Turkish club.