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Chelsea may have lost to Aston Villa 2-1 on the last day of the season, but it seemed the game was even lost before kick-off, as Aston Villa stewards had some dubious plans in place before kick off.
The Chelsea squad was delayed entry into the stadium ahead of the game, as the Villa staff came to the game fully prepared to hurt Chelsea psychologically.
According to the Daily Mail, Villa’s head of security failed to allow the team bus entry to the stadium, with stewards at the entrance eating ice creams as the irritated Chelsea squad were stuck outside.
Chelsea appealed their actions and asked for a delay in kick off, but it wasn’t granted the Blues.
The Chelsea team were far from happy that their pre-match preparation was disrupted by a delayed entry, but it was reported that the delay didn’t last for so long, and the Premier League chiefs didn’t deem it enough to warrant a delay on the last day of the season.
According to The Athletic, Chelsea lodged the complaint before the match kicked-off, but it was denied and the game kicked off at the original 4pm time.
Chelsea started the game dominantly but ended up losing 2-1 as the team failed to take advantage of the first half dominance. The second half went bad as captain Cesar Azpilicueta was shown a straight red card.
Fortunately for the Blues, Leicester City were beaten 4-2 by Tottenham, which ensured Chelsea finished in a top four place.
Meanwhile, an independent Regulatory Commission overturned the decision by referee Atwell as Azpilicueta’s act wasn’t considered a violent conduct.
Following the decision to overturn Azpilicueta’s red card, our captain will no longer face a three-match ban at the start of next season.