Swansea City’s fight to escape relegation from the Premier League has been overshadowed by claims that their players were engaged in a training-ground scuffle ahead of last Sunday’s home clash with Chelsea.

A group of six players were understood to have taken part in the brawl last Wednesday during a full practice match which was being watched by club chairman Huw Jenkins. It is believed scuffling broke out three times and at one point players had to be pulled apart as tempers flared.

Swansea have not, as yet, indicated that they are taking any disciplinary action against the players involved, but it will be a concern for manager Garry Monk, whose side are just three points above the relegation zone after their 1-0 defeat by Chelsea – the same result by which they lost to Hull City in their previous league outing.

The Chelsea match featured moments of indiscipline by Chico Flores, who was sent off after a second bookable offence following two rash tackles in as minutes in the opening half, although Swansea argued afterwards that Chelsea players had influenced referee Phil Dowd in his decision to issue a red card.