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Sunday 23 November 2014

Chelsea could hit Ashley Cole with suspension and fine

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Cheryl Cole on new series of X Factor
One of the acts facing the scrutiny of judges Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell in the new X Factor series
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Cheryl Cole walks on the catwalk at the Fashion For Relief show, during London Fashion Week at the Natural History Museum in central London, Wednesday Sept. 17, 2008. Funds were raised by the show and a following auction for The White Ribbon Alliance charity to be used directly to promote and increase awareness of the need to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for women and newborns in developing and developed countries. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Nadine Coyle with Cheryl Cole
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Cathy Martin says "I'm no Cheryl Cole, but I am thoroughly looking forward to Mencap's Y Factor." Contestants from Belfast's business community will perform with a live band for the audience vote, Thursday January 29th at Bar Seven. Tickets are now on sale: call Suzy McIlveen at Mencap on 028 9069 0151 - www.niyfactor.co.uk
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British group Girls Aloud, from left, Nadine Coyle, Kimberly Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole arrive at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Britiish singer Cheryl Cole, centre, speaks with officials as she arrives at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
British band Girls Aloud, from left, Nadine Coyle, Kimberly Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole arrive at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
British group Girls Aloud, from left, Nadine Coyle, Kimberly Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole arrive at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
British group Girls Aloud pose backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 after winning a prize for best British Single of the year. From left, Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberly Walsh. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
British band Girls Aloud react after collecting the Best British Single Award at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/MJ Kim)
British band Girls Aloud react after collecting the Best British Single Award at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court
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LONDON - FEBRUARY 18: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) L-R Nicola roberts, Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding perform at the Brit Awards 2009 held at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 18: Cheryl Cole of Girls Aloud poses after winning the Best British Single backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 18: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) L-R Kimberley Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole collect their Best Single Award at the Brit Awards 2009 held at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 18: Girls Aloud Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh pose after winning the Best British Single backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 18: Girls Aloud Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh pose after winning the Best British Single backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
Cheryl Cole arrives back in the UK
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Faye from Birmingham: one of the acts facing the scrutiny of judges Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell in the new X Factor series
Nathan from London: one of the acts facing the scrutiny of judges Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell in the new X Factor series
One of the acts facing the scrutiny of judges Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell in the new X Factor series
One of the acts facing the scrutiny of judges Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell in the new X Factor series
Judges Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell in the new X Factor series

Ashley Cole faces a possible suspension and will be fined by Chelsea following the latest sleazy 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 chief executive Ron Gourlay last week.

Cole, who is currently sidelined with a fractured ankle, is to be called before an internal disciplinary hearing following the latest revelations, which include claims the player used unwitting club officials to cover up 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, around £200,000.

Gourlay held a meeting with the squad on Wednesday at which he made it clear any more scandals that tarnish Chelsea’s image would face “severe disciplinary consequences”. The players were also issued with a letter that spelled out exactly what is required from them. Gourlay’s name was on the letter, but it was made clear the order had come from owner Roman Abramovich.

The Russian is said to have grown tired of hearing scurrilous stories about the private lives of Cole and captain John Terry.

He ordered Gourlay to tell the whole squad that no one would be immune from club discipline, irrespective of their status in the club, a warning clearly directed at Cole and Terry.

Newspapers yesterday alleged that Cole sneaked a girl back to his Seattle hotel room last July.

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