Cole could quit Chelsea over fine threat
Ashley Cole is understood to be considering his Chelsea future over the club's determination to punish him in the wake of revelations about his extra-marital relationships.
The Chelsea and England left-back is said to be furious that the club are singling him out for disciplinary action, which will include a hefty fine and a possible suspension, after Sunday newspapers claimed he had an affair while on the club's tour to America last summer and asked an unwitting senior club official to help him cover it up.
Sources close to Cole yesterday suggested that if he feels he is victimised it could be enough to force him to leave the Stamford Bridge club.
Cole, 29, is one of the most highly-rated full-backs in the world and would easily be able to find a new club in the summer if he decides that Chelsea's treatment of him is unacceptable.
Cole is to argue his case when he faces members of the club's board later this week, after tomorrow night's Champions League knock out first leg against Inter. Tonight Stuttgart are at home to Barcelona and Olympiakos face Bordeaux.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has been banned for three Serie A games and fined £35,000 after making a handcuff gesture during his side’s 0-0 draw with Sampdoria at the weekend.
He made the gesture after two Inter players were sent off.