Chelsea punish youth team players over smoke bomb

Chelsea have sacked one youth team player and fined another after an investigation found the pair were responsible for bringing a smoke grenade to the club’s training complex and then letting it off as a practical joke, the Daily Mail has reported.

Jacob Mellis, 21, was told he has no future at the club while 19-year-old Billy Clifford was fined. Mellis admitted setting off the grenade after Clifford brought it to the training facility at Cobham.

Mellis made his Chelsea debut in the Champions League last season, coming off the bench as a late substitute in the Blues’ 2-1 victory over MSK Zilina having moved to Stamford Bridge from Sheffield United as a youth team player in 2008. Mellis has also had loan spells with Southampton in 2009 and Barnsley in 2011. Clifford has yet to make his Chelsea bow but signed a new contract at the club last year.

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