Sunday 19 January 2020

Cole facing hefty punishment in wake of fresh scandal

ASHLEY COLE will be fined and may even be suspended by Chelsea following the latest allegations concerning the England defender’s private life.

The Premier League leaders are to consider taking the unprecedented step because Cole has apparently broken the club’s strict code of conduct just days after it was laid out to them in no uncertain terms by Chelsea’s chief executive, Ron Gourlay, last week. Cole, who is sidelined with a fractured ankle, is to be called before an internal disciplinary hearing following the latest revelations about his private life, which include claims that the player used unwitting club officials to cover up an alleged infidelity during the club’s pre-season tour to America last summer.

The very least he can expect is a fine of two weeks’ wages, which would work out at around £200,000.

The latest revelations came just four days after the players were issued with strict instructions to clean up their act.

Sunday newspapers yesterday alleged that Cole sneaked a woman back to his hotel room during the club’s pre-season tour to America last July. Ann Corbitt, a 28-year-old local government worker, claimed she had an affair with Cole in Seattle and the player then used unsuspecting club officials to attempt to cover up the incident.

Last week it was alleged members of the back-room staff helped Cole smuggle secretary Vicki Gough into his hotel room before a game at West Bromwich Albion.

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