Chelsea players relieved by Abramovich Super League U-turn

Senior Chelsea players are understood to be relieved by the club’s decision to withdraw from the European Super League.

Top players at Chelsea are pleased with owner Roman Abramovich and the board’s quick move to cut ties with the short-lived breakaway project, the PA news agency understands.

Chelsea’s players and coaches will now hope to focus fully on what should prove a dramatic end to their season, starting with Saturday’s pivotal Premier League trip to West Ham.


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Chelsea owner Abramovich led the Blues’ withdrawal from the Super League on Tuesday night, having listened to the depth of feeling from club supporters in opposing the radical plans.

Abramovich has always insisted his ownership of Chelsea was never about profit or simply money, instead the Russian billionaire has been determined to strengthen the club’s long-term future in west London.

Chelsea are understood to have been among the last clubs to get on board with the Super League plans in the first place.

Blues bosses felt little option but to sign up, as much in order not to be left behind as to gain full understanding of the plans being progressed across the continent.

Widespread fury across the political and sporting landscape in England, coupled with Chelsea fan protests, tipped the balance as the Blues pulled the plug on their Super League situation on Tuesday.

Less than 90 minutes before kick-off in the Premier League clash with Brighton, supporters filled Fulham Road protesting the ESL and Chelsea’s part within it.

Chelsea’s players believe the club’s exit from the now-defunct competition will also alleviate any threat of a ban from international football.

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The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust called for resignations from the Blues’ board on Wednesday morning, but the PA news agency understands no departures were expected from the Stamford Bridge club.

Tuesday night’s goalless draw with Brighton suffered for intensity and quality, no doubt due to the heavy Super League shadow.

 

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