Chelsea’s players and staff have held a meeting with club chairman Bruce Buck ahead of a clash with Brighton on Tuesday night, with concerns about the breakaway Super League competition up for debate.
The Blues have been threatened with losing their Champions League place, where they will face Real Madrid in the semi-finals next week, as well as their UEFA competition status next season.
Meanwhile, if penalties are enacted, international athletes will be barred from participating in this summer’s European Championship.
The players, as well as manager Thomas Tuchel, have been put in the awkward position of having to defend the club’s decision to join a new Super League.
There was no communication from above prior to the announcement on Sunday evening, so club employees got the news the same way the rest of the public did.
Several Blues players are believed to be worried after hearing UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin threaten action against them in the coming weeks if the club does not stand firm.
Since the announcement, Liverpool has become the first team from the big six to compete in the 12-team tournament. They were booed by their own fans outside Leeds United’s stadium Elland Road on Monday.
Chelsea fans will express their support for Liverpool fans tonight by condemning their own club’s decision to abandon football’s mechanisms and traditions.
They’ll also try to remove fan-made banners inside Stamford Bridge, where fans are unable to express their frustration due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The Chelsea Supporters Trust (CST), which represents fans’ concerns about the Super League problem, has seen an increase in membership.