Chelsea and Tottenham supporters have hit out at their respective clubs for not apologising following the European Super League fiasco.
Both clubs initially agreed to join the controversial breakaway league alongside Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool on Sunday night, before they all withdrew 48 hours later in a sensational U-turn.
The Gunners said sorry to their fans and owned up to their ‘mistake’, United chairman Joel Glazer apologised to the club’s supporters, Liverpool owner John W Henry issued a grovelling apology to fans as well as Jurgen Klopp and his players while City chiefs emailed every supporter individually.
Chelsea, owned by Roman Abramovich (L), and Tottenham, whose chairman is Daniel Levy (R), supporters have hit out at respective clubs for not apologising over European Super League
Tottenham fans protested against owner Daniel Levy and the ENIC group on Wednesday
But Chelsea and Spurs have not apologised for their roles in the controversial project, which sparked fury within the football world. Sportsmail has contacted both clubs.
It’s understood Chelsea are considering their next steps, almost two days after they withdrew from the European Super League.
‘Chelsea’s statement and lack of apology speaks volumes and only underlines what the supporters have felt for some time, that the board do not respect us,’ ‘Richard Weekes from Chelsea fans’ group We are The Shed said.
‘They are out of touch with the roots of the game and they have no regard for the wider footballing community. All they are interested in is lining their pockets at the expense of anything and anyone.
‘More details might come to light in the future but, at present, we have very little confidence in the board. We want to mobilise the Chelsea community and fight the long game to ensure that change is made at the top level of our club.’
Tottenham fans remain furious about the conduct of owner Joe Lewis, chairman Daniel Levy and the club’s board during the European Super League shambles and are demanding change.
‘This is a watershed moment,’ said Martin Cloake, co-chair of Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust. ‘We’ve got to ensure nothing like this happens again.
Chelsea fans made their feelings clear on the European Super League before club pulled out
Banners aimed at Blues for a decision that was taken without consultation of their own fans
Many supporters chose to sit in protest with a group singing: ‘If you love football, sit down’
‘The next step is for the Government’s review on football to deliver the reforms that will ensure the protection of our clubs, and enshrine meaningful fan influence at board level. We had enough talking over the years, now is the time to deliver.
‘The current board and owners of THFC went into this folly knowing there was strong opposition from fans.
‘They have pulled out but not apologised and not shown a hint of contrition. And that has made supporters already angry about the reputation of our club being dragged through the mud even more angry.
‘We are a membership organisation and so, unlike the club’s owners, we will be consulting our members and getting a solid mandate for next steps.’
The controversial league was suspended on Tuesday night after United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham all formally withdrew from the project.
The six clubs were part of 12 clubs, dubbed the Dirty Dozen, that agreed to join a breakaway tournament, announced on Sunday.
Manchester City and Chelsea pulled out first, with Liverpool, United, Arsenal and Tottenham following suit. The remaining clubs – Inter Milan, AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and Juventus – withdrew on Wednesday, leaving just Real Madrid and Barcelona in the doomed breakaway league.
Chelsea fans staged a mass protest outside Stamford Bridge before their Premier League clash with Brighton on Tuesday evening.
City and Chelsea began the process of killing off the rebel league by pulling out late in the afternoon, putting huge pressure on the other 10 founder members to follow suit, as they held crisis talks over their exit strategies.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has refused to back down in his defence of the disastrous European Super League and insists that anyone who thinks the project is dead is ‘completely wrong’. While UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has revealed the full extent of the Super League deceit.