Chief executive Ron Gourlay has read the riot act to Chelsea's misbehaving stars in a tough-talking showdown with the squad at the club's training ground this week.
Gourlay, who was speaking on behalf of the club's owner Roman Abramovich, organised the meeting together with coach Carlo Ancelotti in response to weeks of lurid headlines involving club captain John Terry and as well as his England team-mate Ashley Cole.
Gourlay reminded the players of their responsibility to protect the image of the club and warned of ‘severe disciplinary consequences' should any player step out of line in the future. The meeting, which lasted around 10 minutes, was the club's response to weeks of headlines that have tarnished the Blues' image and led to Terry being stripped of the England captaincy by national coach Fabio Capello.
The message from Gourlay was blunt and to the point and it was made clear to all the players that the club would not tolerate any further public embarrassment.
Gourlay's speech was followed by a talk from coach Ancelotti, who reminded the squad and the staff of the need to protect the image of the club.
“We had a meeting this week with the players,” revealed Ancelotti. “It was a good meeting. Ron Gourlay was there as well.
“We spoke to the players and explained to them the behaviour that is required of the players in this club.
“Now they know very well what they have to do and what behaviour is expected of them when they're in the Chelsea shirt.”