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Chelsea employees included in scandal warning

Chelsea employees are under scrutiny from club owner Roman Abramovich.

The Telegraph says while Ashley Cole's behaviour is being investigated, all employees have been reminded of their conduct amid growing concerns over the culture at the club.

Chief executive Ron Gourlay addressed the first-team squad after owner Roman Abramovich grew tired of hearing scurrilous stories about players such as Cole and captain John Terry. They were told that any more scandals - even retrospective ones - which tarnished the club's image would not be tolerated, and they were issued with a letter reminding them of their responsibilities.

However, the crackdown extends beyond the players, and covers every member of staff. Chelsea insist this is to uphold the image of the club and strengthen the message so that it is relayed to everyone consistently.

It is understood, though, that there are concerns at board level that a handful of employees may be taking advantage of their position by acting as if they work for the players - enjoying an over-familiar relationship with them, and profiting from it - rather than the club, who pay their wages.

One source said: "People have been reminded what is expected of them, what their duties are and what their responsibilities to the club are."

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