CAST your mind back if you will to those far off days when you packed your kit as you prepared for a game or to go training.
Boots, shirt, shorts, jockstrap and, dependent on the season, possibly whites, gloves and what they now refer to as an abdominal protector – though what is so offensive or politically incorrect about the word box I haven’t a clue!
Having been a hockey player shinpads and gumshield were also a must on that list, but at no point did I ever get to the end of the list and think I’ve forgotten something essential ... oh I know, an air rifle.
We all know that Chelsea and England defender Ashley Cole is a little different.
He managed to wreck a marriage to the perfectly presentable Cheryl Tweedy and he has earned the nickname Cashley due to the feeling that when it comes to big fat pay cheques he is definitely worth it.
But what on earth possesses anyone to think that taking a firearm to training is a normal activity – let alone aiming the thing at someone and shooting them.
Yet Chelsea seem in no hurry to publicly admonish their left back (pictured above).
However, this appears to be the trend in modern day football where the biggest stars seem to be able to operate beyond the boundaries set for the rest of us mere mortals.
Another example was Wayne Rooney’s assault on Wigan midfielder James McCarthy.
For most players that would have been a red card and three matches out due to suspension but, thanks to the weakness of referee Mark Clattenburg’s peripheral vision and the weakness of those in authority who should have had the guts to make Rooney an example, the Manchester United striker escaped any reproachment.
It makes you wonder just what one of these megastars is going to have to do before they are treated to a punishment that might just drag them back towards the reality that the rest of us live in.