Thursday was Groundhog Day for Chelsea, as they found themselves embroiled in a Twitter incident concerning one of their left-backs – though it wasn’t Ashley Cole this time.
Stamford Bridge rising star Ryan Bertrand is the player concerned this time around, though he is unlikely to suffer a similar reprimand to that of his Blues team-mate Cole.
Bertrand got himself into a bit of a social media pickle early on Thursday when it emerged he was forced to leave the England squad and return to Chelsea due to illness.
As it so often turns out on the micro-blogging site, the information was misconstrued, intentionally or unintentionally, and Bertrand was all of sudden pulling out of England’s World Cup qualifier against San Marino on Friday with a sore throat.
The promising young left-sided player then chose to respond to this in what he has now seen as the wrong manner.
“Do you think a “sorethroat” could stop me being apart [sic] of a match for my club or country? #yourfuckingnuts this is what every boy dreams of,” he fumed.
The timing of Bertrand’s outburst is a little awkward, considering it was only the day before that the FA announced it was releasing a code of conduct for England players.
The 23-year-old is unlikely to be punished in anyway, as he apologised soon after and Roy Hodgson did not seem too perturbed by the incident.
“I think his sentiments were laudable, in telling you how much he wants to play for England, being a little bit irritated that someone should suggest he doesn't play when he gets a sore throat,” he said in a press conference later in the day.
“But his choice of words was wrong, I'm pleased to see he's apologised for it. It just reminds us how remarkably careful players of this profile have to be.”
Chelsea, meanwhile, will have been more concerned about Ashley Cole’s tweet responding to an independent disciplinary panel’s response to the evidence he gave in the John Terry/Anton Ferdinand case.
“Hahahahaa, well done #fa I lied did I, #BUNCHOFTWATS”, was the former Arsenal man’s retort.
Roberto di Matteo confirmed the Stamford Bridge club would likely conduct their own investigation into this and they will not be too pleased that another similar, though nowhere near as serious, issue has cropped up in such close proximity.
Chelsea are performing fantastically on the pitch, but seem to be as equalling efficient at gaffing off of it.
Some of Chelsea’s players should probably stick to just using their feet to kick the synthetic sphere, as they have a penchant for landing them in their mouths when doing anything else.