U.S. defender Onyewu in training ground brawl

Local-born American soccer player Oguchi Onyewu was involved in a brawl with AC Milan teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic during a training match on Friday according to news reports.

The 6-foot-4 Onyewu, who was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Olney, Md., grabbed Ibrahimovic by the throat after the 6-foot-5 Swedish striker pulled him down with a slide tackle. The American World Cup defender has been working to get back to full fitness after suffering a serious knee injury at a U.S. team game at RFK Stadium a year ago. Onyewu has yet to play a Serie A game for Milan since his move to the Italian giants last July.

Milan’s president Adriano Galliani, told  SkySport24 TV, that the fight was “very lively” but said the players made up after the training session. One report said practice was stopped after the incident.

The Italian news agency ANSA said the two players came to blows during the scrimmage and had to be separated by teammates and Milan staff.
AC Milan was preparing for its game on Sunday with Bari.

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