Lampsie, JT and co are told not to make time for the fans
It’s the sort of thing that usually happens before the start of the season, but yesterday 8,000 Chelsea fans gathered at Stamford Bridge for an open day training session.
Such events are usually conducive to a positive and relaxed atmosphere, where lucky fans can get pictures and autographs with their heroes, who are not distracted by the pressure of a big matchday.
Not so at Chelsea. Supporters who made the effort yesterday were told over the tannoy system that the players would not sign anything, citing “safety concerns”. The club’s decision to protect their players from RSI and carpal tunnel syndrome was not well received:
After a 90-minute practice session the Chelsea players gave a half-hearted lap of honor during which they were roundly applauded. But those cheers quickly turned to boos as the announcer informed those in the stands that players would not be putting pen to paper for the thousands of schoolchildren in attendance.
Aside from John Terry’s impromptu assault of a Chelsea TV reporter, the highlight of the session was the appearance of Joe Cole, who hasn’t trained since rupturing cruciate ligaments in January.