Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Chelsea's Evidence Was Just 'Rubbish', Says Cole

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Chelsea's Evidence Was Just 'Rubbish', Says Cole

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Byline: LEO SPALL

ASHLEY COLE has described the tapping-up inquiry evidence of his new manager Jose Mourinho and chief executive Peter Kenyon as "rubbish".

The 25-year-old defender, who was eventually fined [pounds sterling]75,000 for a meeting with Chelsea while still under contract to Arsenal, gives the first full account of the infamous secret tryst in his new book My Defence.

Cole, in today's Times serialisation, says that evidence given to the FA Premier League inquiry - including the testimony of Mourinho and Kenyon - was rubbish and reveals his "agitation" at their version of events about the secret meeting at the Royal Park Hotel on 27 January last year which also involved agents Jonathan Barnett and Pini Zahavi.

Cole says: "I told the inquiry that everything that had been said about the hotel meeting was rubbish."

The England fullback was far from happy with some of Mourinho's evidence.

"Jose Mourinho talked about me and Jonathan both being unhappy," he added of his new manager's remarks to the inquiry 16 months ago. …

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