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West Ham's Bellamy plays down Kapo clash

West Ham striker Craig Bellamy shrugged off a bust-up with Birmingham's Olivier Kapo during Saturday's victory.

Kapo was incensed over the way Bellamy won the penalty that led to the winner struck by Mark Noble, but the Welshman said: "The stick you get is part and parcel of the game. If I'd let it get to me I'd have been out of this game years ago. I'd have been washed up.

"What happened with Kapo is just part of the game. I'm not going to blame anyone.

"They're showing passion, the same as I am. There's nothing wrong in that. In fact, it gives me more respect for them.

"As for the penalty, I don't even need to get into that.

"The decision was made correctly. Look at the replays and you'll see for yourself.

"The linesman was right there. If he had been on the other side it might not have been so clear-cut but he had a perfect view."

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