Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck has revealed that the Premeir League champions are disappointed at Arsenal’s attitue over the Ashley Cole “tapping up” affair.
Chelsea, their manager Jose Mourinho and Cole were handed record fines by the Premier League on Wednesday after being found guilty of breaking rules by attending a meeting at a London hotel in January.
“We’re disappointed that Arsenal chose to pursue this course of action,” Buck told the London Evening Standard.
“It was counter-productive to them, to Ashley Cole and, of course, to us. We have to consider what action to take as a consequence.
“It will be very difficult for us to forget this. It will not be easy for Chelsea to put this behind us.”
They may also challenge the Premier League’s transfer rules which currently prevent players speaking to clubs while under contract.
“I’m sure there’ll be conversations about the tapping-up rule and let’s see what develops,” Buck said. “The rules could certainly be tweaked in this area.”
Arsenal, who finished runners-up to Chelsea in the Premier League, are keen to move on.
“We believe that the hearing was fair and thorough and we are pleased with the outcome. Hopefully, this verdict will deter clubs from illegally approaching players in the future,” Arsenal said in a statement on their website.
“It is also important to note that we have been supportive of Ashley Cole throughout proceedings and wish to reiterate that we remain fully committed to extending his contract with us.”
Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein said he was hoping to draw a line under the case.
“People learn from their mistakes and move on,” he said. “We don’t want any hostility between the two clubs. We’ll entertain them and they will entertain us I am sure.”