When you read the daily press it is easy to ignore the gossip and outlandish headlines, especially when it comes from newspapers like The Sun, The Daily Star and Daily Mirror, but when it comes form The Times, one can be forgiven for taking an article a bit of credence.
The Times today states that Ashley Cole could be fined as much as £400k for sneaking women in to his hotel room, actually its more the fact that he lied to the club that has made them all the more angry and it is the lies that apparently have done the damage.
Here is what The Times wrote to give you an idea of what they are on about.
Ashley Cole is facing a £400,000 fine from Chelsea after recent headlines heaped further embarrassment on the sleaze-hit club.
There is considerable anger in the boardroom at Stamford Bridge over Cole’s alleged behaviour and a determination to punish the England left back severely after reports yesterday that he deliberately misled senior club officials into covering up a sexual liaison on last summer’s pre-season tour to the United States.
Cole will be called in to face Ron Gourlay, the chief executive, this week and asked to give his side of the story in the wake of allegations that he smuggled Ann Corbitt, an American local government worker, into his room in the team hotel in Seattle and then denied that the incident took place as he sought to keep it from his wife, Cheryl, the Girls Aloud star.
Only last Wednesday Gourlay addressed Chelsea’s entire first-team squad to remind them of their responsibilities to protect the club’s image in the light of recent scandals involving Cole and John Terry, the captain.
Chelsea view this latest indiscretion as the most serious because Cole, 29, has been accused of lying to his employers to cover his tracks.
On the basis of Cole’s denial, Steve Atkins, Chelsea’s head of communications, advised Corbitt on how to keep the story out of the newspapers in a series of e-mails, details of which were published yesterday. The board has given its full backing to Atkins because it believes he acted in good faith.
Chelsea are determined to send out a message that no one at the club is untouchable.
Cole has already been fined £200,000 after it was alleged last week that he took Vicki Gough, a Liverpool secretary, into the team hotel before matches away to Hull City and West Bromwich Albion last season, and some senior figures at the club want that amount to be doubled.
It would be a record fine imposed on a Premier League player by his club.
Under rules agreed with the Professional Footballers’ Association, the maximum that a club can fine a player for a disciplinary breach is two weeks’ wages, but because Cole is accused of several misdemeanours, the club want to hit him with multiple punishments.
Chelsea will also launch a full investigation into allegations that several other women were taken back to the team hotel in a club minibus after a night out with players in Seattle last July.
Let us say up front we don’t usually like to republish whole articles from other writers, its unfair but on this occasion we think we are justified as their claims are either very outlandish or absolutely accurate.
Hopefully this is just the media making up stories as they do when we are doing well but if Cole has lied to the club, well the club must act, simple as that