Just days after Chelsea's players were informed by the club hierarchy that Roman Abramovich will no longer tolerate behaviour that harms the image of the club, Cole was at the centre of a fresh controversy yesterday over an alleged extramarital affair on a pre-season tour.
It was claimed he lied to a senior club official who was then implicated in a damaging cover-up designed to stop details appearing in newspapers.
Cover-up: Ashley Cole faces a fight over his Chelsea future over a fresh furore
While a heavy fine and a suspension would seem the most likely punishment,Abramovich is so angry that club officials have not ruled out the possibilityof Cole being transfer-listed.
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