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Carlo Ancelotti denied 'losing control' of Chelsea team

1st March 2011 - Chad Lazarus

Chelsea football manager Carlo Ancelotti has quashed rumours of a disciplinary problem at the club following the strange decision by Ashley Cole to shoot a work placement student with an air rifle.

The Blues gaffer asserted that real actions had been taken against Cole following the accident, which resulted in wounds to 21-year-old Tom Cowan at the training ground in Cobham.

"Cobham is not out of control," Ancelotti explained. "There is discipline. If a player steps over the line, we'll take a decision."

Cole has since apologised for his actions and Ancelotti admitted that the left-back will not be sitting out on any football games. In fact, he will be in the team to take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge tonight.

The Blues boss added: "Obviously, we are not happy with what happened. But I have spoken with him. He was very disappointed with this, said sorry, made a mistake."

Yury Zhirkov could make his first league appearance of 2011 for Chelsea tonight after coming on as a substitute in the last two cup games. Rio Ferdinand and Ji-Sung Park continue to sit out for Manchester United.

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