FA to probe Blues brawl

LONDON - Chelsea face an English FA investigation into a vicious brawl that marred a training-ground friendly between the Premier League club's reserves and United Arab Emirates side Al-Ahli.

LONDON - Chelsea face an English FA investigation into a vicious brawl that marred a training-ground friendly between the Premier League club's reserves and United Arab Emirates side Al-Ahli.

The practice match behind closed doors at Chelsea's Cobham training base on Wednesday was abandoned after just 35 minutes after Chelsea's players were reportedly assaulted with karate kicks, knee-high tackles and had their hair pulled out and eyes gouged.

A two-footed tackle above the knee on Chelsea left-back Ben Gordon sparked the row, which left Chelsea defender Jack Cork, now on loan at Coventry, sporting a black eye after he was repeatedly hit while in a headlock.

The fracas was captured by Chelsea's TV channel but the club has since removed all references to the game from its official website.

The referee's report is believed to blame Al-Ahli. - Sapa-AFP

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