BLUES SPONSORS UNHAPPY AT DRINK INCIDENT
By Peter O`Rourke. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
CHELSEA'S £24 million sponsorship deal with Fly Emirates could be in doubt after the shameful drinking acts of four of their players.
Frank Lampard, Jody Morris, Eidur Gudjohnsen and John Terry were all fined and reprimanded by the club for their bad behaviour in front of a number of grieving American tourists just hours after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
Former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair, who now plays for Leicester City, was also involved in the incident and he was fined and warned of his future behaviour by his club.
Top officials at the Arab airline are thought to be 'absolutely mortified' at the behaviour, according to The Sun.
The company is upset and fearful of their name being associated with the unsavoury antics and they are considering taking further action which could see the end of their sponsorship deal, which is the second most expensive in The Premiership.
"We are very upset and disappointed with the players' behaviour," Emirates UK spokeswoman Susan McMahon told The Sun.
"We fully support Chelsea's decision to significantly fine the players involved and that the money will go to help the victims of this disaster.
"There are always risks when you do these deals with sporting groups and I'm not sure yet if the club will be hearing from our top management."