Chelsea have had to send the Champions League trophy off for repairs today, after it was revealed the coveted cup was broken in an impromptu photo session with three members of the club’s security personnel.
Chelsea claimed the trophy in dramatic fashion last month, edging out Bayern Munich on penalties at the Allianz Arena, the German club’s home ground.
The Blues took the cup on a huge parade around west London upon their return from Munich, but while it was able to survive the vigours of an open bus tour it has seemingly succumbed to the rough grip of three burly henchmen.
The Mirror reports that one of the over-sized handles was left hanging off after the three men visited the trophy and began taking pictures with it after hours.
The trophy was then put back in the Stamford Bridge trophy cabinet where it is housed in an attempt to avoid anyone noticing the damage.
However club staff spotted the duffed up cup and have now sent it off to a London-based silversmith in order to patch it up. The trio have now all been suspended.
A club spokesman said of the incident: "The trophy was accidentally damaged while pictures were being taken. It was minor damage and has already been repaired. We don't make comment on staff matters."
The win against Bayern Munich represents Chelsea’s first Champions League win since Roman Abramovich took over the club, and their first piece of silverware on the continent since their UEFA Cup Winner’ Cup success in 1998.