Way to go, Ashley Cole. It's not like his team needed any further shenanigans of this sort. English Premier League club Chelsea was expected to challenge for the championship, as it often does, but the club currently sits in fifth
. Owner Roman
is facing a £2 billion lawsuit from a fellow Russian
oligarch. Star player Didier
is out with malaria. Fernando
, signed to a record £50 million contract in January, has
been slow to make an impact. Now defender Ashley Cole has gone and shot
According to The
, the incident occurred last Sunday at the team's training
facility in Cobham. Cole, England's 2010 player of the year, was
"larking about" with a .22 caliber air rifle when the gun went off and a
pellet hit Tom Cowan, a 21-year-old sports science student, in the
side. Cowan's wounds were treated by the team's medical staff.
manager Carlo Ancelotti made it clear Sunday that anyone expecting the
club to suspend Cole for tomorrow's match against Manchester United
would be disappointed. "No one can say we're out of control," a defiant Ancelotti told reporters
yesterday. "It's not true that there's a lack of discipline here. You
can judge the players on the pitch, and they show fair play, respect for
the referees, respect for the fans. This is what we have to judge, not
In other words, pay no attention to the man with the high-powered pop gun. No word yet on why, exactly, the defender was "larking about" with the air rifle on training grounds to begin with. Even if Chelsea thinks this is about par for the course, the English national team at least, which also employs Cole, might consider taking some vests when they head down to Brazil
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