The announcement of the European Super League took the football world by storm and amid protests by fans and criticism by pundits alike, numerous clubs are considering to leave the project.
Chelsea were the first club to react and draw a plan to exclude themselves from the project led by Florentino Perez.
“Chelsea made a last-minute decision last week to join the ESL. They now regret the decision and accept it was a mistake. They felt they had to ‘jump on the train because it was leaving the station’. Turned out it was a train to nowhere.” sources state
Fans flooded outside Stamford Bridge ahead of the London club’s Premier league fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion.
The crowd kept the Chelsea team bus stranded outside the stadium and it took assurance from club legend Petr Cech to calm things down.
Cech said to the protesters: “I know, give everybody time.”
Shortly after the incident, according to the sources Chelsea began the process to end the association with the European Super League, alongside Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Ahead of the Citizens’ mid week fixture against Aston Villa, manager Pep Guardiola had also maintained his stance against the concept which shoots down the concept of competitiveness and opportunity.
The sources claim that players at Chelsea were worried about their place in their respective national sides which could be at risk due to their involvement in the European Super League.
Moreover, La Liga sides FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are also preparing their exits from the ambitious tournament masterminded by Perez.
“Barcelona will NOT join the Super League until our socios vote for it. It’s their club, so it’s their decision.” Barcelona chief Joan Laporta said
The 12 original founding members are speculated to be in a meeting with the main agenda being the disbanding of the European Super League.
Jordan Henderson had also called a meeting of all the captains of the Premier League clubs to discuss the ongoing situation.
As a result of the protests outside of Stamford Bridge solely pertaining to the club’s participation in the league, the kick-off time for Chelsea vs Brighton has been postponed by 15 minutes.
The aftershock continues as Ed Woodward resigned as the chairman of Manchester United following the reaction of their club’s involvement.