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Chelsea players ‘relieved’ by ESL withdrawal

It is understood that senior players at Chelsea are ‘relieved’ by the clubs decision to withdraw from the European Super League (ESL). (Sky Sports)

Chelsea were one of the 12 ‘founding members’ of the propose ESL but withdrew later Tuesday evening.

The withdrawal came following widespread criticism and anger towards the radical new plans from football fans.

Protests against the plans took place 90 minutes before Chelsea’s home game against Brighton on Tuesday. This came following protests at Elland road before Leeds vs Liverpool on Monday night.

The protests against the ESL at Stamford Bridge were so bad that Chelsea’s, Technical and Performance advisor, Petr Cech, a former goalkeeper for the Blues, came out and said to the fans: “Let the people sort this out – but this [blocking the bus] is not the thing.

“You just have to give us time”, Cech continued.

As a result the game, which ended as a 0-0 draw, kicked off 15 minutes late.

Chelsea players are said to be happy with the decision as it means they are no longer threatened with international bans by UEFA.

It is understood that Chelsea were amongst the last to sign up for the controversial league. With their motivation for joining being a desire to not get left behind.

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However, after the plans were announced on Sunday, widespread outrage broke out amongst fans in England and around the world. As a result Chelsea and all other English teams reevaluated and withdrew from the plans.

Who else was involved with the ESL?

The other five Premier League sides involved were Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham.

Following these withdrawals, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan all withdrew from the ESL plans.

At present the only remaining teams are Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus.

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