Chelsea FC security are set to investigate after smoke bombs went off at the club’s training ground on Friday morning.
Players, management, officials, medical staff as well as members of Chelsea’s reserve and academy squads were seen running from dressing rooms with thick blankets of smoke emanating behind them.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was briefed about the incident by Chief Executive Ron Gourlay, who witnessed the scenes and disciplinary action is already being implemented with sources saying that hierarchy are even considering sacking staff in the wake of the incident. This is the latest in a string of incidents at the training ground. Last year Ashley Cole accidentally shot an intern in the leg with an air rifle, and a knife was found in the youth-team dressing room shortly before Christmas.
Sources say that two highly rated reserve team players are suspected to have carried out the high jinks and it is thought that they may have their contracts terminated if found guilty. Chelsea’s initial investigations suggest the grenade was probably brought back from a paint-balling trip and one of the players then pulled the ring inside the dressing room. Some of the more responsible reserve and youth-team players have said they are becoming worried about their safety at one of the most expensively-assembled academy systems in world football.