Friday, September 21, 2012
ABRAMOVICH ISSUES QUERY TO CHELSEA PLAYERS AND COACHES
Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich demanded answers from players and coaching staff at the Club’s training ground on Thursday after they blew a two-goal lead against Juventus.
Abramovich, who watched the Champions League clash with the Serie A winners from his box at Stamford Bridge, arrived unannounced at Cobham in the morning.
He spoke with players, coaches and manager Roberto Di Matteo on the training field to ask why the European champions could not hold on to a lead against the Italians on Wednesday after Oscar had scored twice in the first half.
The fallout from the match continued when the club called in police to investigate racist abuse of midfielder John Mikel Obi on Twitter after the match.
Chelsea said in a statement: ‘We’ve been made aware of racist tweets targeted at Mikel which are totally unacceptable, disgusting and abhorrent.
We’ve informed the police and support taking the strongest possible action.’
New-boy Oscar appeared to have put Chelsea on course for three points against Juventus with two stunning strikes. Juve secured a draw with goals from Arturo Vidal and Fabio Quagliarella.
Mikel, who gave the ball away in the build-up to Juve’s leveller, closed his Twitter account in response to the racism storm.
His situation adds to a series of off-field distractions for Chelsea, who started the season with the chance to win silverware in seven competitions.
They have already seen two trophies slip away.