Chelsea fans implore owner Roman Abramovich to ‘do the right thing’, while Petr Cech tries to calm supporters down as protest gathers momentum at Stamford Bridge over club’s controversial European Super League involvement
- Chelsea supporters protested ahead of the game against Brighton on Tuesday
- Fans gathered to display their anger at the Blues signing up to a Super League
- Petr Cech went out to meet fans as the protest grew larger ahead of kick-off
- Chelsea are one of six Premier League sides to have signed up to the new league
Chelsea fans have gathered outside Stamford Bridge to protest ahead of their side’s home Premier League game against Brighton.
Hundreds of Blues supporters arrived at the ground in west London on Tuesday afternoon with banners to vent their anger at the club’s decision to sign up for a European Super League.
‘RIP Football 1863-2021,’ read one which pointed to when the Football Association was formed. It also had the word ‘fans’ crossed out, while another, held up by a Manchester City fan, simply read: ‘Cancel Super League.’
Supporters gathered at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday in protest of the European Super League
A Manchester City supporter joined Chelsea fans in protesting against the breakaway league
One labelled Chelsea’s decision to follow five other English clubs as ‘the ultimate betrayal’
Many more Chelsea supporters arrived outside Stamford Bridge ahead of the 8pm kick-off
More joined the protests before kick-off with many joining in anti-Super League chants. One banner called on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to ‘do the right thing’ and withdraw from the breakaway venture.
Supporters were also heard chanting: ‘We want our Chelsea back.’
Reports also suggested that Chelsea’s technical and performance director, Petr Cech, visibly shocked by the protests, went out to speak to some of the fans. Cech was reported as responding to fans, saying: ‘Give everybody time.’
The former Chelsea goalkeeper was also seen urging supporters to allow the team bus through the crowds and to the ground.
Many supporters chose to sit in protest with a group singing: ‘If you love football sit down’
A simple ‘no’ to Chelsea’s plans to become part of what has been labelled a ‘closed shop’
Supporters also called on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to ‘do the right thing’
The demonstrations mirrored those seen at Elland Road on Monday night ahead of Liverpool’s game away at Leeds.
They also came after Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel’s pre-match press conference was cut short after being dominated by questions about the Super League.
Tuchel said: ‘I totally understand the emotion on this and you want more response from Chelsea. I can absolutely understand every single argument, but it has to be clear that I am not the guy for these questions. I am not part of the board or these decisions.
‘I can understand that you want more answers to get the bigger picture, but I am clearly not the guy. I coach the team to get results on the pitch and tomorrow against Brighton. I can understand that this does not satisfy you.’