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Chelsea along with five other Premier League sides announced their decisions to be a part of the European Super League, and the news was not well received by everyone connected with the sport.
Football stakeholders, government, players, ex players and fans hit out at the decision of the clubs, and Chelsea fans took to the streets to revolt against the decision.
It didn’t take Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich up to 48 hours to turn back from the decision, as the Blues have since withdrawn from the European Super League.
Reports had claimed that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was ‘furious’ as he felt ‘blindsided’ by supporters’ true feelings about the competition, and is fearful of the damage it has done to his image and reputation.
It was also claimed that Chelsea weren’t too keen on joining the closed league, and Abramovich wasn’t pleased that he was made to believe that the ESL was a good project instead of knowing how the fans felt about it.
Real Madrid president and ring leader of the ESL Florentino Perez has now admitted that one of the six English teams helped turn the tide in discussions with their reluctance to fully buy into the proposals, hinting at Chelsea.
“There was someone among the six English teams who didn’t have much interest in the Super League and that started affecting the others. It’s a team that was never convinced,” he explained.
He further revealed that the project isn’t dead yet, and will be back with some reforms.
“Juventus and Milan have not left,” he added. “Barca are thinking about it. Maybe we can change it a bit – that the top four in England enter, the top four in Spain. The important thing is that the big teams play each other, so the kids will watch football.
“The founder clubs believed in this project. It is not dead. We will keep working.”