Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has become the first owner to pull his club out of the controversial plans for a European Super League.
A source close to the billionaire confirmed just moments ago that the club was preparing to pull out of the controversial competition that would see a number of Europe’s top clubs join a new midweek competition.
On Monday Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham, have joined AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid committed to the plans, although it was widely rumoured that Chelsea were one of two U.K. clubs who had agreed reluctantly.
A source at the club told reporters : “The club is preparing to pull out. Roman’s involvement with the club has never been about money, it has always been about the community and [the] fans.”
Supporters of English clubs due to join the European Super League have stepped up their opposition to the controversial project, with Chelsea fans protesting outside Stamford Bridge before the club’s home game against Brighton.
The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust has denounced the proposed breakaway as the “ultimate betrayal” and “unforgivable”. With similar sentiments echoed by fan groups across England’s so-called “Rich Six” clubs it is perhaps no surprise that two, Manchester City and Chelsea, are believed to be harbouring second thoughts about swapping the Champions League for the widely condemned new competition.
Chelsea supporters gathered outside Stamford Bridge with signs expressing opposition to the Super League and one urging the owner, Roman Abramovich, to “do the right thing”.