Chelsea are preparing to announce their official withdrawal from the controversial European Super League, football.london understands.
Hundreds of Blues fans descended on west London on Monday night ahead of the Premier League clash with Brighton & Hove Albion to protest at their club joining 11 other “founding clubs” to sign up to the breakaway competition.
When it was first launched on Sunday, news of the new ESL, which would see 15 teams battle it out in midweek games with those clubs guaranteed not to be relegated and a place in the new league guaranteed year in, year out.
Chelsea were one of the sides to sign up to the new league along with Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid as “Founding Clubs.”
The bombshell news since Sunday has seen uproar across the continent and the world at what is clearly a massive power grab by the supposed “elite” clubs, with the competition set to have funding of £3billion courtesy of banking giant JP Morgan.
When it launched at the weekend, the ESL said: “”The formation of the Super League comes at a time when the global pandemic has accelerated the instability in the existing European football economic model.
“Further, for a number of years, the Founding Clubs have had the objective of improving the quality and intensity of existing European competitions throughout each season, and of creating a format for top clubs and players to compete on a regular basis.
“The pandemic has shown that a strategic vision and a sustainable commercial approach are required to enhance value and support for the benefit of the entire European football pyramid.”
Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel had the unenviable task of being the first head coach to have to face the press in the aftermath. Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool followed on Monday evening before Pep Guardiola also took questions on Tuesday.