The football world is in mourning after it emerged that Chelsea had banned player banter in a bid to salvage their flagging season.
The Blues have lost three of their opening five Premier League games and now go in search of a first home win of the campaign against Maccabi Tel Aviv in their Champions League opener on Wednesday.
Both the Daily Express and the Daily Telegraph claim that, in a bid to rescue a season in which they are already 11 points behind leaders Manchester City, the club has banned banter between the players.
Tony Banks of the Express and Matt Law of the Telegraph both claim that no crisis talks have been held despite the club’s poor start, but that pressure is mounting ahead of Wednesday’s clash and Sunday’s game against Arsenal.
Law touches upon a claim from talkSPORT’s Stanley Victor “Stan” Collymore that captain John Terry and misfiring striker Diego Costa had a “bust-up” recently, with a club spokesman denying such stories as “utter nonsense”.
Meanwhile, a ‘club source’ told the Daily Express: “There are some unhappy players around the place. No jokes or banter.”
September 15, 2015: The day football died.