Burnley have suspended midfielder Joey Gudjonsson for two weeks following his recent comments doubting the abilities of Clarets manager Brian Laws.
The 29-year-old Iceland international's Turf Moor contract runs out at the end of the season and he was almost certain to be leaving even before his outburst, having made just four starts this term.
A statement from the Premier League strugglers read:"Burnley Football Club has today suspended Joey Gudjonsson for two weeks pending a full investigation following alleged comments made in the media.
"An Icelandic website quoted Gudjonsson questioning the team spirit at Turf Moor ahead of last Saturday's 4-1 victory at Hull City.
"The midfielder, 29, whose contract with the Clarets expires in the summer, attended a disciplinary hearing at the club on Monday."
Laws had said after the weekend win over the Tigers:"You get cheap shots in a newspaper from a player which doesn't help the cause.
"It's disappointing to see a player put remarks in the paper who has not even been involved in the team, in the squad and isn't even going to be here next season."
To spark the row, Gudjonsson reportedly told Icelandic website fotbolti.net:"He lost the dressing room long ago.
"I think all the players have lost faith in him, the performances say all that has to be said."