Chaos erupted in West London after Chelsea fans protested against their club’s membership of the controversial European Super League. Anger turned to joy after Chelsea announced they were pulling out of the league along with the five other Premier League clubs destined for the sealed off league. But the protest turned ugly as fans were seen attacking cars, holding up buses, threatening passers-by and blocking roads and shopping centres with their celebrations leaving a chaotic trail of mess in their wake.
Protests began earlier in the day when furious fans swarmed to Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium in West London to protest their clubs membership of the ESL.
Fans were outraged that the 12-team exclusive ESL tournament was put together in secret and was done so to make the rich clubs richer.
Chelsea emergency goalkeeper Petr Čech was even seen amongst the crowd demanding fans to move on and calm down ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Brighton.
Signs including ‘F*** Buck’, a reference to Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck and ‘help save the beautiful game’ were seen being carried by passionate fans upset at their clubs management.
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But news then broke that clubs had performed a dramatic U-turn on the plans following two days of worldwide condemnation at the controversial plans.
Manchester City were the first to break ranks and released a statement on Tuesday evening.
They wrote: “Manchester City Football Club can confirm that it has formally enacted the procedures to withdraw from the group developing plans for a European Super League.”
Chelsea followed suit after the mass protests outside of their stadium ahead of the Premier League clash with Brighton.
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But scenes then got ugly with fans seen attacking and jumping on top of moving cars and blocking the roads.
A number of fans were also seen drinking and holding up traffic, intimidating passers by, climbing on traffic lights and swarming the nearby shopping centre.
Police moved in and tried to keep the chaos under control after fans left a huge mess behind in their wake following the celebrations.
Others were seen chanting and singing Chelsea FC songs, waving banners and dancing.
All six British clubs have withdrawn from the European Super League just two days after the announcement was made.
And in a statement released on Tuesday morning Liverpool owner John Henry issued a video message in which he has sincerely apologise for the club’s involvement in the European Super League.
He said: “I want to apologise to all the fans of Liverpool Football Club for all of the disruption I caused over the past 48 hours.”
It has left the European Super League in major doubt as Atletico Madrid and Barcelona also pulled out.