BILBAO, Spain (AP) – Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa scuffled with a building contractor after his company failed to finish remodeling work at the Spanish league club's facilities in time for preseason training.
The Argentine coach says he lost his cool after returning to Lezama facilities looking more like a construction site than a football field.
Bielsa says he was furious with the contractors' excuses and physically ejected him from the facilities after verbally abusing him. Bielsa says the worker did not file a complaint to police because ''he was probably pressured not to by his bosses or by Athletic.''
Bielsa says the club's outdated facilities are a problem as ''you can't have a squad worth 300 million euros ($370 million) and not proper playing fields.''
Bielsa is in his second season in charge.