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Shamed Ashley Cole set for massive club fine

Newspaper reports on Monday have suggested that Chelsea defender Ashley Cole could be set for a huge club fine following the latest revelations about his private life.

• Chelsea remind players to "protect club's image"

Last week, coach Carlo Ancelotti insisted the club would take a hard line with any player who causes harm to the club's reputatiion. It followed weeks of press reports surrounding both Cole and captain John Terry. The club stated any player breaking the new code would face the "severest disciplinary consequences".

On Sunday, the News of the World reported that Cole had smuggled Ann Corbitt, an American local government worker, into his room at the team hotel in Seattle during the club's summer tour of the United States. He then allegedly tried to cover it up and deliberately misled senior club officials to keep the incident from his wife, Cheryl.

Chelsea's head of communications, Steve Atkins, schooled Corbitt on how to avoid the story finding its way into the tabloids.

Reports have speculated that Cole could be fined anything between £200,000 and £400,000 after he is grilled by Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay later this week.

It is believed Cole has already been fined £200,000 for allegedly taking Vicki Gough, a Liverpool secretary, into the team hotel for away games against Hull City and West Bromwich Albion in recent months.

Although Professional Footballers' Association rules state the maximum fine for a player is two weeks' wages, Chelsea will be able to fine him a large sum due to the number of misdemeanors.

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