A LOUGHBOROUGH University student has been shot to fame after England footballer Ashley Cole accidentally gunned him down at Chelsea’s training ground – to the amusement of his friends back in the town.
Work experience placement student Tom Cowan, 21, who is studying sports science at Loughborough University, was shot by England and Chelsea left-back Cole at the club’s Cobham training ground in Surrey on Sunday, February 20.
According to reports the footballer had accidentally discharged his .22 air rifle with a muzzle and nightscope air rifle in the dressing room and shot the work experience placement from five feet away.
Chelsea medical staff treated the gunshot wound at the club, and a hospital visit was not required. Police have said they may investigate the incident.
Although Tom has been keeping a low profile since the incident, friends have been making light of the situation. Ewan Paterson said: “I haven’t spoken directly to Tom but he’s alright, it must be quite overwhelming for him.
“I played football with him last year, and the guys on the team are finding it quite amusing.”
Lucy Hopkins, Students’ Union President, said: “We’ve contacted him to check he’s alright. Chelsea have asked him to keep quiet about the whole incident, but it’s been quite amusing to all his friends – they’ve all been posting jokes on his Facebook wall.”
It has been speculated by national newspapers that a Â£250,000 fine has been imposed on Cole, while Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has said “appropriate action” has been taken.
A spokesperson for Loughborough University said: “We are in contact with both the Club and Tom and have offered him and his family every possible support from the University.
“We understand that Tom is recovering well.”