Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy locked horns with manager Roberto Mancini as the Italian told the striker to leave and not come back for the next three months, according to The Sun.
It is claimed that the Welshman refused to train with one of the manager's Italian staff, which hit a raw nerve in the former Inter coach. He is believed to have summoned the striker into his office, where a heated exchange took place between the pair.
A club insider is quoted as saying: "The manager was yelling 'Why are you always questioning me? Why won't you do as you are told? Why are you always questioning everything at training and in games?'.
"Bellamy argued back that he only wanted what was best for the club.
"But Mancini snapped 'I want you to leave now. And do not come back for three months'."
Bellamy has been known to share a hot-and-cool relationship with the Eastlands gaffer, as he was allegedly part of a six-member group of players who opposed Mancini's appointment during the saga involving Mark Hughes' sacking.
The former West Ham United and Liverpool hitman has reportedly contacted City chief executive Garry Cook, and the football administrator of the club, Brian Marwood, following the spat.
The top bosses are said to have advised the striker to return to training and bury the hatchet with his manager.
In the meantime, City have a crucial battle for fourth place on Sunday, when they host Liverpool at Eastlands.