Members of Chelsea's elite gardening squad are at the centre of a flurry of potentially damaging allegations related to their conduct at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. These include dangerous pruning and three in a bed romps with English roses, some of it involving "faecal matter collected from police horses." Most serious of all, they face rumours of "troweling" which is banned by both the FA and the Royal Horticultural Society. It is understood police are examining footage of recent gardening action involving allegedly forced rhubarb.
"The decision by Di Matteo to go for the FA cup, the Champions League title and first place in the RHS Best Show Garden was bound to put huge pressure on players and ground staff alike," said Alan Hansen, "but I myself have seen how some players have just gone in too hard when it comes to cutting back shrubbery. Terry for one seemed to enjoy putting the mental in ornamental."
But manager Roberto Di Matteo told reporters "In its way professional gardening is just as tough as football. We train our roses as hard as our players." But he denied rumours that he is furious about the outcome of the RHS Best Kept Goalmouth award, won for a third successive year by Queens Park Hydrangeas.