London: Chelsea was left in a spot of bother when three employees at Stamford Bridge were suspended for damaging the club’s first ever Champions League trophy.
One of the handles of the trophy was left hanging off after the three security personnel posed for pictures with the trophy to show off to friends. Although it was returned to its original position, a member of the staff noticed the damage and reported it to club officials.
The Blues immediately sent the trophy to a London silversmith for emergency repairs following the incident, which transpired when the staff was outside their normal shift hours.
Chelsea has confirmed the site visit was unauthorized and that the employees did not have permission to be in the building after hours. The club`s chief executive, Ron Gourlay, is conducting an internal investigation.
“The trophy was accidentally damaged while pictures were being taken. It was minor damage and has already been repaired. We don`t make comment on staff matters,” a club spokesman said.
Most clubs put the trophy on display in a secure cabinet for supporters to pose for pictures but Chelsea have been passing it around various departments at Stamford Bridge in recognition of the hard work of the club`s 400 employees during their Champions League run.