Ashley Cole is alleged to have shot a Chelsea work experience lad while “larking” around with an air rifle, according to the News of the World.
The Chelsea and England left-back reportedly brought the gun to the Blues’ Cobham training ground last Sunday. He removed the .22 gun from a box and, not realising it was loaded, fired at 21-year-old intern Tom Cowan, who was just five feet away.
A source told the News of the World:
“It’s truly inconceivable that a Premier League footballer could bring a gun to the training ground.
“But Ashley pulled the rifle from a box and started larking about with it in the changing room, not realising it was loaded. It ended up pointed at Tom just five feet away.
“The gun went off with a loud pop and Tom screamed as this lead pellet hit him in the side. It went through his clothing and into his flesh.”
Cowan was treated by the club’s medical staff and given two days of to recover. The club refused to comment on the incident.