Manchester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson has turned on the Swedish media over criticism of the lack of action goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson has seen this season.

"Sitting in Sweden and criticising what we do at Carrington (where City train) is easy but I don't think it's fair," said Eriksson. "What hurt me is that one newspaper said that Isaksson and myself had a fight.

"That's absolute rubbish - there has never been one bad word between us.

"He's too professional for that and I am also too professional to start fighting with players.

"I took the decision and he accepted it, even if he was not happy about it."