There's claims the incident at Chelsea involving Ashley Cole and an air rifle has been "blown out of proportion".
The Mirror says it emerged last night that Cole, 30, was among a number of people messing about with the air-rifle inside the changing room area when it was accidentally discharged.
Sources close to the full-back were adamant that the gun does not belong to Cole and insiders played down the nature of the incident.
One dressing room source revealed: “This has been blown out of all proportion. The boy involved suffered just a scratch and was not seriously injured.”
Cole is also understood to feel he does not even need to apologise - despite the dim view taken of the matter by the Chelsea hierarchy - and that the leaking of the incident was a deliberate attempt to cause him problems.