The incident happened at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground on Friday. Photograph: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images
Chelsea have launched an investigation after a smoke grenade went off at the club’s training ground on Friday.
Players and officials from the reserve, youth and academy teams were forced by thick smoke to flee the dressing rooms at the complex in Cobham, Surrey, according to the Daily Mail.
The club did not give any details on what stage the investigation was at or if any players were suspected of involvement. “I can confirm an investigation is under way. It is an internal matter,” a Chelsea spokesman said.
The event is the latest in a line of incidents at the training ground. Last February, Ashley Cole accidentally shot and wounded a work experience student with an air rifle. It is believed the defender did not know the rifle was loaded and he apologised to the student, who did not require hospital treatment.
And late last year a knife was discovered by cleaning staff in a dressing room at the complex, although this was thought to have belonged to a building contractor on the site.