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Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo has strictly instructed his players to steer clear of any controversies after the club endured a nightmare week that saw John Terry pronounced guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand followed by an obscenity-laced rant against the FA by Ashley Cole on Twitter.
The club has decided to reprimand Cole for his foul-mouthed outburst where he insisted that he did not lie at John Terryâ€™s FA hearing involving the racism scandal. The FA have also charge the full-back with misconduct and he could be banned from representing England in the World Cup qualifier against San Marino that would have seen the player earn his 99th international cap. Meanwhile, the 31 year-old stirred up more controversy by hitting out at former England Captain and current Media Pundit Alan Shearer on Twitter over his calls for an international ban for Cole.
Di Matteo was quoted by ESPN as saying, â€œThe image of the club is very important to us, of course. We have rules, and anybody who breaks the rules faces disciplinary action against them. I wouldn't say I'm a disciplinarian but, when you live and work in a group environment, you need rules to be able to live together and work together.â€
Di Matteo is keen on maintaining the clubâ€™s image and players have been advised to watch their words as the club attempts to continue undeterred in their quest for domestic and European glory this season.
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