Chelsea have launched an investigation after a smoke grenade went off in the dressing rooms at the club’s training ground.
Players, officials and other staff from Chelsea’s reserve, youth and academy teams ran from the building with hands covering their faces because of the thick smoke.
Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay was at the complex in Surrey on Friday morning and witnessed the remarkable scenes.
He has already begun disciplinary proceedings and owner Roman Abramovich was briefed about the shocking incident on Friday afternoon.
Abramovich has backed Gourlay to take swift action and the club’s chief executive has vowed to discipline players and even sack staff after the extraordinary event.
It 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.
The grenade, which was set off in one of the reserve-team dressing rooms shortly before training at 10.30am, set off fire alarms and triggered a full evacuation procedure. Fire marshals employed by Chelsea were sent into the building, but it was more than an hour before anyone else could go back into the dressing rooms.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
This incident comes hot on the heels of other unsavoury acts including Ashley Cole accidentally shooting an intern with an air rifle and a knife being found in the youth team dressing room.
Needless to say Andre Villas-Boas could well do without the distraction of such events although perhaps in a strange way at least these off the wall antics help draw attention from his seemingly inevitable sacking.