A round-up of stories relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours
Ashley Cole has risked ending his international career stranded on 98 caps after hitting out at the FA on twitter after they released their report on the John Terry case. Cole, who later deleted the tweet, wrote "Hahahahaa, well done #fa I lied did I, #BUNCHOFT***S.” Since the outburst Cole has calmed down and issued an apology for his statement. However the tweet will undoubtedly create further difficulties for Roy Hodgson ahead of England’s matches this month, and could perhaps result in another Blues defender facing a domestic suspension, though the FA have declined to comment on the tweet thus far.
The commission released their 63 page report into the case a few hours before the tweet, in which they say there was “no credible basis” for Terry’s defence against the charges. It goes on to say that “Instead, we are quite satisfied, and find on the balance of probabilities, that the offending words were said by way of insult.” The report did also state that they don’t believe the former England defender is a racist.
Manager Roberto Di Matteo is standing by his captain, and said he will read the FA’s document when he has a chance. Cole’s tweet came during Di Matteo’s press conference ahead of their game against Norwich, later the manager denied the tweet showed his players were out of control. However he did say that he would hope that players in general would show more respect on the pitch.
Getting back to on the field activities, Chelsea are once again without Daniel Sturridge for the visit of Norwich. The Blues manager has admitted that the burden the lack of strikers at the club may be placing too big a burden on Fernando Torres. Other than Sturridge it will be up to Di Matteo to decide who will start the match and who will be given a rest. Chelsea are expected to win the game comfortably, with odds of around 1-4 for a home win reflecting the fact that the last time Norwich picked up 3 points at Stamford Bridge was in 1993.
In transfer gossip there have been reports in Italy that Chelsea are interested in a triple swoop for Sampdoria stars Pedro Obiang, Roberto Soriano and Nenad Krsticic. Midfielder Obiang has been in superlative form, and is also rumoured to have interested Manchester City.
FInally, Juan Mata has not been included in the Spain squad to face Belarus and France with Vicente del Bosque saying “we have a problem of quantity, not quality” in terms of the amount of talented midfielders they have available to pick from.
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