Chelsea square measure the most recent Premier League club to issue a groveling apology to supporters for his or her involvement in plans for a breakaway European Super League (ESL), that folded inside forty eight hours on.
The Blues were one in every of twelve clubs enclosed within the proposals discharged on Sunday that will have seen fifteen instauration members vie within the tournament per annum while not having to qualify on the pitch.
The closed-shop format and repercussions for national leagues sparked outrage across the planet from governments, governing bodies, players and fans.
In England, the reaction was notably fierce with around 1,000 Chelsea fans complaintive before of Stamford Bridge prior to Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Brighton within the Premier League.
“The owner and board perceive that involving the club in such a proposal was a call we must always not have taken. it’s a call we have a tendency to deeply regret,” Chelsea aforesaid in an exceedingly statement.
“As considerations were raised following the announcement, the club took a step back to concentrate and speak to supporters. Following those conversations and taking under consideration the very robust views against the proposal, we have a tendency to reassessed our initial call and set we have a tendency to didn’t wish to be a part of this league.
“We additionally recognise the sentiment that had been expressed concerning whether or not the ESL relied powerfully enough on sporting advantage.
“This are a few things we have a tendency to had robust considerations concerning from the beginning and were assured would are self-addressed throughout an extra consultation method with varied stakeholders, beside alternative ideas within the proposal concerning that we have a tendency to had reservations.
“We firmly believe that we have a tendency to should shield a structure that permits all clubs, players and supporters to dream of, and succeed, success.”
The reaction of the Chelsea fans helped hasten the ESL’s collapse in concert by one on weekday night, the six English clubs concerned all signalled their intention to withdraw.
The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust has mixed up resignations from the club’s board in light-weight of the debacle.
However, no members of the club’s hierarchy square measure nonetheless to depart their positions.