Everton star James Rodriguez denies ‘Sanchez and Lerma Colombia dressing room punch-up’ after World Cup qualifier loss

JAMES RODRIGUEZ has dismissed claims that he was involved a dressing room bust-up following Colombia’s defeat to Uruguay.

Reports suggested the Everton ace was involved in an altercation with Bournemouth star Jefferson Lerma and Tottenham’s Davinson Sanchez.

James Rodriguez has insisted he has 'respectful' relationships with his Colombia team-mates

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James Rodriguez has insisted he has ‘respectful’ relationships with his Colombia team-matesCredit: AFP or licensors

Rodriguez, 29, has now released a statement to his Twitter page to strongly deny the reports.

It read: “I would like to inform the public, the press and supporters in general that I deny all types of alleged information relating to abusive behaviour, attacks, fights and all types of controversy among players and in which I have been mentioned as the protagonist, after the team’s World Cup qualifiers on 13 and 17 November 2020.

“What happened on the pitch and the unfortunate results went no further than what the game entails.

“I have excellent and respectful relationships with each of my Colombia teammates in the dressing room and in my personal life.

“It is a difficult period for us in sporting terms and as players, we are the first to recognise our responsibility.

“As a group, however, we are staying strong and our dream of qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar remains intact, which is something we will work even harder to achieve.

“As for the above, we need to clear up all doubts regarding the harmony and atmosphere in the dressing room, given that although we are upset emotionally, at no point has this turned into a conflict between us.

“Finally, I ask everyone not to fall into the trap of misinformation regarding these lies.

“Those responsible for creating these fake stories only want to generate discord and chaos affecting my name, which is why I will take legal action where necessary.”

Colombia lost to Uruguay 3-0 after goals from Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez and Darwin Nunez.

Rodriguez’s struggling side then lost 6-1 to Ecuador.

The former Real Madrid star will return to action for Everton against Fulham this weekend.

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