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Chelsea to allow supporters in board meetings

Chelsea to allow supporters in board meetings for first time

May 7, 2021 By Michelle Bonsu
For the first time in club history, Chelsea will be allowing a supporters' representative to attend board meetings in an attempt to promote more transparency.

Last month, the football world was thrown into disarray after 12 of Europe's biggest clubs attempt to breakaway and form a new competition known as the European Super League (ESL). Much to the anger of fans worldwide, all six of England's so-called "Big Six" were involved in this controversial action, and although Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham quickly withdrew from the group, the damage had already been done. 

Now, in an attempt to appease enraged supporters, Chelsea are trying to promote an atmosphere of transparency. Starting from July, the Blues will now allow fans to attend board meetings for the first time in club history. This action comes on the heels of a fan protest in April, which took place shortly before Chelsea's clash against Brighton, but the fans' anger turned to celebration when people found out that Chelsea actually were the first English team to pull up anchor and leave the ESL ahead of their fellow Premier League counterparts.

Clearly, Chelsea are trying to avoid a huge blowout like what happened shortly before Manchester United's clash with Liverpool earlier this month, when fans stormed Old Trafford in a bid to force the Glazer family out once and for all. That resulted in the highly-anticipated clash being postponed for a later date. 

As per the club, this new process will go into effect on July 1st. There will be a detailed selection procedure, during which three reps will be picked. With diversity and inclusion being a key cornerstone of corporate practices these days, the club will ensure that the representatives accurately represent Chelsea's diverse fan base, and each season will see three new reps selected.

The supporter reps will also be required not to discuss matters that are addressed during these board meetings outside the boardroom - similar to the confidentiality clauses board members are bound by. 

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