The Blues were supposedly rushed into making a decision to join their Premier League rivals in announcing their intention to form a new breakaway competition, with the whole saga said to have weighed heavily on owner Roman Abramovich.
Roman Abramovich says Chelsea pulled out of the European Super League after witnessing the extremely negative reaction from the club’s fans and stakeholders.
The west London club’s decision came after series of fan protests outside Stamford Bridge ahead of the club’s Premier League match against Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday night.
A statement published in the early hours of Wednesday morning read: “As reported earlier this evening, Chelsea Football Club can confirm that it has begun the formal procedures for withdrawal from the group developing plans for a European Super League.
“Having joined the group late last week, we have now had time to consider the matter fully and have decided that our continued participation in these plans would not be in the best interests of the Club, our supporters or the wider football community.”
The protest by Chelsea fans on Tuesday had its desired results because Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck had earlier met with players and staff to sign up to the Super League, but he was quick to backtrack after seeing the widespread condemnation, criticism and protest the decision caused.
Roman Abramovich says “Having spoken extensively to fans and stakeholders, we have always worked with the community and we’re not going to do anything that goes against them. We listened and we heard.”
So therefore Chelsea will no longer take part in a breakaway European Super League.