Police in London revealed that Chelsea coach Avram Grant received anti-Semitic death threats in a package containing a mysterious powder at the club's training ground in Surrey. A member of the club's staff opened the package to find the powder and a note containing ethnic slurs and threats on both Grant's life and that of his wife, Tzofit, a well-known Israeli television personality. The note concluded with the words: "When you open this letter, you will die a very slow and painful death." Specialists later examined the powder and found it to be harmless, but detectives are investigating to find the source.
While Chelsea's training ground was being closed for investigation, Grant and his players were in Athens, preparing for the first leg of Chelsea's Champions League game against Olympiakos. The match turned out to be a dull one, ending 0-0, although Chelsea will return to Stamford Bridge the more confident team when it hosts the Greeks two week's time.