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Di Matteo confirms Cole to face rap over Twitter rant as Chelsea rout Norwich

19:02 06 October 2012

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Chelsea's John Terry (left) and Ashley Cole during the 4-1 win over Norwich. Photo credit: Andrew Matthews/PA wire

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Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo would not be drawn too much in the issues surrounding the club and players in their off-field activities, preferring to focus on the demolition of Norwich City.

Ashley Cole was forced to apologise yesterday for a foul-mouthed Twitter blast at the FA, in which he called the game’s governing body a “bunch of t***s” after he was accused of “evolving” his statement supporting John Terry’s defence against the charge he racially abused Anton Ferdinand.

The Chelsea boss insisted such events would not effect his side, saying; “The results are telling us that we can blank things out and focus on winning games.

“The players are proving how professional they are.”

Di Matteo suggested that there was not a siege mentality developing within the club.

“We don’t feel that at all,” he said. “We concentrate on our strengths and try to win games with our footballing philosophy.

“We are creating chances and scoring goals, with different players too. We are not relying on just one player - the team is in good shape.”

But the spectre of the Cole tweet on Friday would not go away.

Di Matteo said: “We have a social media policy and there will be a disciplinary action against the (Ashley Cole) tweet.

“I spoke to Ashley about that tweet and other footballing things,” added Di Matteo.

“But then, I speak to all players on a daily and weekly basis.

“I’m in favour of Twitter. Players just need to use it sensibly and responsibly.

“If they breach the rules, then there are consequences.”

Di Matteo was never going to allow those off-field activities to determine who played on the pitch.

“I had no doubts about playing JT and Ash,” he said.

“I judge them on what they do on the training ground. They are focused and professional and that’s how I pick my team.”

Trying to get back on track and talk about the rout of Norwich, Di Matteo said: “The players are enjoying their football. They love it and are lucky to do it as a job.

“We created many chances and scored good goals.

“But it was important to get the equaliser quickly. We have a good squad and I’m utilising it. We have not seen much of Oriol Romeu or [Marko] Marin and [Daniel] Sturridge is injured - but we have been lucky with injuries so far.”

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