Chelsea barber cut over image rights

November 8, 2017
Former captain John Terry poses with Alsanawi after a haircut

CHELSEA have given their personal training ground hairdresser the chop in the latest shock departure from the Premier League champions.

Ahmed Alsanawi has been banned by Blues chiefs from the club’s plush Surrey HQ in a row over image rights and for cashing in on his famous customers.

Club bosses and several Chelsea stars got annoyed that crimper Alsanawi was having selfies with his famous customers, getting shirts singed and splashing it all over social media to promote his own business.

 Ahmed Alsanawi has been chopped as Chelsea's training ground barber

Ahmed Alsanawi has been chopped as Chelsea’s training ground barber

 Club was angered by Alsanawi posting pictures with players such as David Luiz on social media

Club was angered by Alsanawi posting pictures with players such as David Luiz on social media

A Blues insider said: “It was ok to come and cut hair but a few people got a bid fed up, very quickly when he started treating the place like his own.

“Photos, signed shirts and using the players’ images to promote his own business got too much.

“The players have image rights contracts and the club has sponsors who pay millions of pounds for image rights.”

 Ahmed Alsanawi runs A Star Barbers shop in Chessington but also worked at Chelsea's Cobham training ground

Ahmed Alsanawi runs A Star Barbers shop in Chessington but also worked at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground

 Smiling Cesc Fabregas takes selfie as he gets a trim

Smiling Cesc Fabregas takes selfie as he gets a trim

 Alsanawi has been cutting stars' hair for three years, including keeper Thibaut Courtois

Alsanawi has been cutting stars’ hair for three years, including keeper Thibaut Courtois

The source added: “It was thought he was taking a few too many liberties with his access to them. The training ground was a mess after his visits.

“He even started coming to the training ground the day before a match when really the place is supposed to be in lockdown. It was all too much so he had to go.”

The decision is nothing to do with boss Antonio Conte but he is aware of the situation and fully supports it.

 Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is said to support move to axe barber
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is said to support move to axe barber
 Alsanawi puts the finishing touches to Gary Cahill's 'do
Alsanawi puts the finishing touches to Gary Cahill’s ‘do
 Former Chelsea and United striker Radamel Falcao has a trim
Former Chelsea and United striker Radamel Falcao has a trim

The news comes just 24 hours after Chelsea Technical Director Michael Emenalo quit Chelsea after ten years for a career change and for personal reasons.

Emenalo wanted to quit in the summer but stayed on until this season was well underway before informing Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich he wanted to move on.

SOURCE: thesun.co.uk


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