Roberto Mancini was the one to mention Ashley Cole’s name in the post-match interviews on Monday night, with the Italian suggesting that the Chelsea defender had caused a ruck in the tunnel by baiting some of the Manchester City players.
Various rumours have surfaced since then about what Cole is alleged to have said, although Chelsea issued a statement on Wednesday claiming that the England international had not said anything untoward and that he respects the playing staff of the Premier League leaders.
“Contrary to reports, Ashley Cole did not say anything to the opposition in the tunnel after Monday’s game,” said a Chelsea spokesman.
“Ashley has huge respect for the players and staff at Manchester City, many of whom he knows personally and calls friends.”
Andre Villas-Boas was also quick to defend his player after watching his team come from behind to record a priceless victory over City which keeps them just about in the Premier League title race.
“It’s untrue and it’s unfair. It really doesn’t matter now,” he said.
Chelsea will travel to Wigan this weekend hoping to close the gap to four points at the top before the two Manchester clubs are in action on Sunday.