Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that Ashley Cole apologised over an incident at the club's training ground and confirmed that the left-back will be starting against Manchester United.
The 30-year-old England international made front and back page news over the weekend when it was reported he had shot a student on work experience with an air rifle at the club's Cobham training ground.
The club had remained silent on the matter over the weekend, but speaking to reporters ahead of the tie with table-topping Manchester United, Ancelotti acknowledged for the first time that Cole had admitted his guilt.
"First he said sorry to the guys that were involved in this, second sorry to the team-mates, third sorry to the club," he told reporters.
He added: "Who didn't make a mistake in his life? Who? Maybe God."
He also confirmed that he did not know the gun was in the training ground, but said that the matter had been dealt with internally and despite being disappointed with the player he will start at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
He continued: "He [Cole] will play tomorrow, yes.
"Obviously we are not happy with what happened, but I have spoken with him. He was really disappointed with this, he said sorry, he made a mistake, it was an accident, and now obviously we have taken the proper action, but tomorrow he will play and I think he is focused to play a good game.
"He stepped over the line about the rules and we will take the proper action."
The former AC Milan boss also confirmed that there was "no way" the player was ever going to be sacked and claimed the defender was a good professional.
He said: "I don't think this changes our thought about him, he is a good player, a fantastic player.
"Maybe he did a mistake in this situation but he remains a very good player and in my opinion a very good professional."
Ancelotti went on to state that there is no discipline problem within the club and said the training ground was "not out of control".
"We have to take our decision, because here there is a discipline," he explained.
"Cobham is not out of control.
"[At] Cobham there is discipline, the player has to respect this if some players step over the line, we will take a decision - this is a normal life.
"From outside nobody can say here is out of control because we have internal discipline. We will take a decision, we dont want to speak outside which decision we take here, so it is not true that here there is no discipline. You can judge the player on the pitch.
"The player on the pitch are showing fair play, are showing respect for the referees and showing respect for the fans. This is what you have to judge, not other things, because nobody is here."
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