Numerous claims that some members of the Belgium World Cup team were involved in a significant locker room brawl following their defeat to Morocco have surfaced during the previous 24 to 36 hours.
This past weekend, the Belgian Red Devils suffered a shocking 2-0 loss to the African country, which followed some odd remarks made by Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne, who claimed the defenders on the national side were too elderly.
In his post-game interview, Jan Vertonghen seemed to criticize Kevin De Bruyne in response to the midfielder’s remarks.
Following that, sources from Belgium said that the dressing room brawl involving Real Madrid winger and Belgium captain Eden Hazard, De Bruyne, and Vertonghen.
According to reports, Hazard criticized the slowness of the Belgium defense and his comments rankled Vertonghen. According to the allegations, Romelu Lukaku, who is still recovering from an injury, had to step in and stop the guys in question.
Hazard, however, has publicly denied such allegations, claiming that any stories of a fight were complete rubbish.
“After the game against Morocco, nothing happened. The gossip? a great deal of nonsense Hazard remarked, via Walfoot.be, “We had a wonderful meeting yesterday with all the players.
“Vertonghen and I had no conversations in the changing room. I didn’t fight him, though. I’m not a moron. He is larger than I am, I laugh.
Hazard responded to claims that the defenders were sluggish by saying, “No, the lads know my character. Jan came to talk to me about it, and when I informed him (with a smile) that it was true—he is not fast—he concurred. I have a great sense of humor, yet I can also take myself seriously.
Hazard expounded on what De Bruyne had stated in his interview, stating that “you sometimes say things in interviews without thinking about the ramifications. Yes, I, Kevin, and Thibaut are all older than we were four years ago.
“That is how things are. Kevin, though, has faith in us; otherwise, he wouldn’t be present.
Hazard said when asked if he was thinking about retiring from international competition and if the forthcoming game against Croatia might be his last: “I will not approach this match by stating that it is my last because, in my head, we will still go far.”
In addition, Courtois played down the reports of the altercation, asserting that nothing of the sort occurred, saying: (h/t HLN):
“The group as a whole is not having any issues. Of course, losing makes you unhappy. These outside stories help us become more unified. A challenging game is scheduled for Thursday. We’ll give it our all.
Courtois argued that age is not a factor when responding to statements made by Hazard and De Bruyne about players being older, citing instances of his Real Madrid teammates Karim Benzema and Luka Modric as proof.
“Everything has been made obvious. It can also be taken over in other ways on occasion. Take a look at Benzema and Modric to see that age is also unimportant. We also don’t treat one another too nicely. Everything was resolved yesterday. Everyone readily spoke their ideas. We now need to act on the field,” he said.
On December 1, Belgium will play Croatia, and in order to advance to the knockout rounds, they must win all three games.