Cole could face Chelsea action

The Premier League leaders insist the latest issues are a private

matter for the England international, currently recovering from

ankle surgery, but insist that any incidents found to have broken

club rules will be dealt with internally. The allegations in

Sunday’s newspapers come just 48 hours after Chelsea chief

executive Ron Gourlay, acting on behalf of the owner Roman

Abramovich, told the players in no uncertain terms that the club

would not stand for its image being dragged through the mud any

more. A spokesman for Chelsea said: “This is a private matter for

Ashley Cole. Where anything is alleged to have happened on Chelsea

FC time, that is an internal club matter and will be dealt with

internally.” Asked if Cole would be punished if found guilty of

breaking club rules, the spokesman added: “Disciplinary issues are

an internal matter and will be dealt with internally.”