Chelsea investigate smoke grenade explosion

Chelsea have launched an investigation following a smoke grenade going off in the club’s training ground, The Independent reports.

Players and officials from the Blues’ reserve, youth and academy outfits were forced to flee the club’s Cobham training ground in Surrey. The device exploded because of thick smoke and the club have yet to give any details on what stage the investigation had reached. A Chelsea spokesman refused to reveal whether any players were suspected of involvement and confirmed it was an ‘internal matter’.

The incident is the latest in a line of problems suffered at the training ground.

Last February, Chelsea defender Ashley Cole accidentally shot and wounded a work experience student with an air rifle. Another incident at the club happened last December and when a knife was discovered by cleaning staff in a dressing room at the complex.

Andre Villas-Boas has been widely accused this season of losing control of the dressing room and the Blues are currently fifth in the table following a 1-0 loss against West Brom on Saturday. The Portuguese manager confessed that there are problems with the club’s current standing and the players are unhappy in the dressing room ‘because we are fifth’.

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