Action ‘highly unlikely’ over Ashley Cole air gun incident

March 10th, 2011 - 9:54 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Los Angeles, Mar 10 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Ashley Cole might walk a free man following the air gun incident that left a work placement student bleeding.

Prosecutors say they are ‘highly unlikely’ to prosecute the Chelsea right-back. The investigators have contacted Chelsea and based on what they were told, prosecutors believe that pressing charges wouldn’t be necessary.

The air gun incident happened on the 20th of February at Chelsea’s Cobnam training grounds. Ashley Cole took a .22 air gun to the training grounds and accidentally hit 21-year-old Tom Cowan with it. Cowan is a sports science student and was doing his work placement attachment with the club when the incident happened. He has already made it clear that he would not be pressing charges against Cole.

Cowan was struck on the side by the pellet from the gun. He got a cut as a result of the incident but he was treated by the medical officers of Chelsea. The extent of injury did not require hospitalization.

After the incident Chelsea promised that they would take ‘appropriate action’ against the player. The player has since apologized for the incident and Chelsea is yet to announce the kind of punishment that would be meted out to the player.

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