Trend starts with Ashley Cole

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
Ashley Cole joined Chelsea from Arsenal in 2006

Ashley Cole joined Chelsea from Arsenal in 2006

On Thursday night, Ashley Cole continued the growing trend of famous footballers finding themselves on the wrong side of the law. Worryingly it seems that our modern day footballing heroes are setting the wrong example to young kids growing up harbouring aspirations to join the footballing elite.

The left back joined Chelsea’s first team squad and more than 300 charity workers, celebrities and supporters for the second annual Chelsea Football Club charity fundraiser.

At the time of his arrest Cole had been at the Collection Bar with his team-mate and England and Cheslea captain, John Terry. However Terry was said not be present at the time of Cole’s arrest.

Cole is reported to have had a foul mouthed rant at police officers. He was asked to calm down. After he failed to do so, he was brought to a central London police station. He was fined for being drunk and disorderly and released shortly after 5.30am.

Chelsea manager, Gus Hiddink was clearly disappointed with Cole’s behaviour. At the Chelsea press conference on Friday, he expressed his disappointment with the left-back.
“I’ve spoken firmly with him about his responsibility. There are rules inside this club regarding going out and also discipline,” said Hiddink.

The Cole incident came on a weekend of arrests in football. Southampton strikers Bradley Wright Phillips and David McGoldrick were arrested due to an incident on the 7th February.

The pair are allegedly accused of assaulting a 21-year-old Southampton fan on the way home from a night out. It is untimely news for recently appointed Saints boss, Mark Wotte.
Southampton currently lie in 22nd place, one point from safety. Wotte would certainly have wanted no off pitch distractions.

‘”I am aware of the allegations that have been made against my players.

“I have spoken to them both at length where they have explained to me what happened that night and I will support them 100%.”

He added: “However, I can assure our fans that everyone at the club remains focused on the remainder of the season.”

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