How Chelsea fans forced the hands of Roman Abramovich

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Chelsea fans decided to make known their feelings ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League game at home to Brighton. The Blues fans and many football lovers around the world have shown their unhappiness with the proposed European Super League plans.

Hundreds of fans made their intentions known that they aren’t in support of the breakaway league, and clustered in front of the Chelsea stadium leading up to the game.

The fans let off blue flares and chanted obscenities outside the ground. Fans held banners aloft, urging owner Roman Abramovich to ‘do the right thing’ and end Chelsea’s involvement in the European Super League, which has been deemed as a greedy organisation.

As the protests went on, the crowd increased and fans took part in a sit down protest which effectively caused the closure of the Fulham Road, causing even the team bus a delay in getting to the stadium, and as a result, kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes.

The voice of the fans were heard, and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and the board had seen enough to know that it was time to call off their involvement in the European Super League.

The Chelsea Supporters Trust also released a statement, slamming the club for betraying the fans of the club.

The statement reads: “They say expect the unexpected, but today the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust (CST), our members and football supporters across the world have experienced the ultimate betrayal.

It added: “This is a decision of greed to line the pockets of those at the top and it has been made with no consideration for the loyal supporters, our history, our future or the future of football in this country.

“It is likely that this proposal with never come into existence, however, it speaks volumes that [Chelsea] are prepared to risk our existence in the Premier League and the FA Cup.”

It didn’t take long for Chelsea to become one of the first clubs to pull out of the European Super League, and the club released a statement on Tuesday evening announcing that it had listened to the pleas of the fans and will no longer be a part of the proposed project.

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