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Gianfranco Zola plays down reports of a player bust up

Birmingham City head coach Gianfranco Zola has tried to calm down reports of a player bust-up to the Birmingham Mail by calling these scenes common in this sort of situation.

Today, Birmingham headed up to already relegated Rotherham United to try and get a vital three points as they aim to avoid joining the Millers in Sky Bet League One. And while they took the lead thanks to a fantastic free kick from Kerim Frei, Rotherham rallied back and were able to get an equaliser through Danny Ward and came close to a winner late on.

Shortly after the game was finished, reports emerged that some of the players in the Birmingham squad were involved in a bust-up after the game and that one of the New York Stadium dressing rooms was damaged during the fracas.

And Zola did not deny reports of the bust-up, aiming to claim that this sort of thing happened at any club in a tense situation like Birmingham’s. He said: “This is normal,”

“We don’t enjoy the position where we are. There was a little bit of frustration.

“Things like this happen everywhere even with teams that are in a better position than where we are.”

He however did deny the allegation that the Rotherham dressing room was damaged, adding: “No absolutely not,”

“There’s been some strong discussions obviously. But I can guarantee you they happen everywhere.

“Don’t worry, its not a problem. Sometimes it’s good to come out strong and have a strong discussion and strong opinions, sometimes it can be very good.”

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