PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - JULY 16: Billy Clifford of Chelsea during the Pre Season Friendly match between Portsmouth and Chelsea at Fratton Park on July 16, 2011 in Portsmouth, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)
Although it quickly got lost in a frenetic weekend, the news that two Chelsea youngsters were facing disciplinary sanctions after setting off a smoke bomb at Cobham on Friday was actually a pretty huge deal. Sure, it pales in comparison to the seniors losing 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday or Andre Villas-Boas being given the boot shortly thereafter, but the fallout from this prank is no laughing matter - and, via the Mail*, we now have our culprits.
*standard Mail caveats apply.
Billy Clifford and Jacob Mellis, both of whom will be very familiar to anyone who pays even cursory attention to the reserves, are apparently the ones responsible. I really like both players and think they could both eventually make the first team, so for the moment I'm just going to hope the Mail is making things up, because I'm big on denial. The article goes so far as to claim that Chelsea are considering sacking the pair, which would be a pretty harsh punishment, but you never know.
It never rains but it pours. Smoke.