Chelsea fans protest against European Super League outside Stamford Bridge

Chelsea fans are protesting outside Stamford Bridge against the European Super League (Picture: PA)

Hundreds of Chelsea fans have gathered outside Stamford Bridge to protest against the formation of a European Super League.

Flares were let off and obscenities were chanted as supporters gathered outside the ground ahead of this evening’s Premier League match against Brighton.

Fans held banners aloft, urging owner Roman Abramovich to ‘do the right thing’ and end Chelsea’s involvement in a plot which would destabalise the entire football pyramid.

As the crowds increased, fans took part in a sit down protest which effectively caused the closure of the Fulham Road, while Chelsea legend Petr Cech, currently the club’s technical director, confronted the crowds and attempted to appease them.

The FA Cup finalists are one of six top flight English clubs who have teamed up with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, intent on joining a breakaway competition that has been castigated by politicians, pundits and footballers alike.

Chelsea fans made their feelings known outside Stamford Bridge (Picture: PA)
Flares were let off outside Stamford Bridge in protest at the European Super League (Picture: PA)

Under the new format, an elite group of clubs would compete against each other without the threat of relegation, earning vast sums of money and limiting entry to just five other teams.

Speaking at his pre-mach press conference ahead of the game against Brighton, Chelsea’s relatively new manager Thomas Tuchel gave a measured response to the actions of his club.

He 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.’ 

Chelsea legend John Terry, meanwhile, demonstrated he was more in tune with the feelings of the vast majority of fans earlier on Tuesday when he took to Instagram to post a picture captioned ‘what has happened to our beautiful game’.

Chelsea fans staged a sit down protest forcing the closure of The Fulham Road (Picture: NMC Pool)

While the likes of Florentino Perez, the Real Madrid president, and his Juventus equivalent Andrea Agnelli, insist there is little to stop them going through with their plans, they are likely to face intense political pressure to back down.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Boris Johnson slammed the rebel clubs for effectively forming a ‘cartel’ and threatened to take significant action.

On the football, all I would say is our first step is clearly to back the footballing authorities in this country and the steps they’re taking to counteract this initiative,’ Johnson said at a press conference at Downing Street.

‘Be in no doubt that we don’t support the creation of this European Super League,’ he said. ‘It is not in the interests of fans, not in the interests of football.

‘How can it be right to have a situation in which you create a kind of cartel that stops clubs competing against each other, playing against each other properly with all the hope and excitement that gives to fans up and down the country?

‘I think it offends against the basic principles of competition and if necessary in order to protect that principle of competition we will seek, as I said to those bodies earlier on, a legislative solution but we hope they can find a way forwards themselves.’

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