Neal Maupay dropped by Brighton for ‘altercation with team-mate’

Neal Maupay was dropped by Brighton at the weekend following an altercation with a team-mate, according to reports.

The striker was not included in the squad for the clash against Tottenham, which the Seagulls lost 2-1 to extend their run of games without a win to six in all competitions.

Maupay is a key member of the Brighton team and was their top goalscorer last season with 10 goals – and has already notched four this campaign.

But manager Graham Potter had fans scratching their head when he cited the decision to drop Maupay from the squad to face Spurs was "tactical".

The Athletic now report that decision was taken following an alleged altercation following the previous game against West Brom, which finished in a 1-1 draw.

Feelings are said to have been running high in the dressing room after the game, in which Maupay missed two key chances during the first-half.

And he is alleged to have clashed with an unnamed team-mate.

The report also states that sources at Brighton deny that he was dropped over concerns about an inflated ego.

Maupay did not travel with the squad to north London for the game against Tottenham.

It is unclear when he will return to the Brighton squad.

Maupay is reportedly a complex character and reads books by South African explorer Mike Horn before matches.

He had a run-in on the pitch with Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi at the back end of last season following a collision with Bernd Leno which caused a season-ending knee injury.

Maupay also later scored the winning goal in that match.

The allegations are likely to be discussed by Brighton boss Potter on Wednesday when he hosts his pre-match press conference ahead of Friday's match against Burnley.

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