Chelsea forced to remove dozens of fan-owned banners from stands before Brighton clash over European Super League plot

CHELSEA have been forced to remove dozens of fan-owned banners from the stands as the Super League row intensifies.

Stamford Bridge's famous Shed End will be stripped bare as will the Matthew Harding Stand at the opposite end of the 41,000 capacity ground.

Irate supporters contacted Chelsea yesterday to voice their anger at plans for their club to join a group of 12 European teams in forming a breakaway league.

And one way of showing it has been to demand the taking down of the huge banners that have either hung from the top tiers or been placed on the empty seats during the Covid pandemic to show solidarity with Chelsea.

Thomas Tuchel's team is at home to Brighton & Hove Albion tonight live on TV and fans have been told the banners will be removed in time for the 8pm kick off.

The supporters' banners are the most notable inside the ground.

One features a portrait of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich along with the slogan 'Roman Army'.

Another refers to a song lyric about Stamford Bridge – 'The Only Place To Be Every Other Saturday'.

Others pay tribute to former players like ex-captain John Terry 'Captain, Leader, Legend' and 'Super Frankie Lampard'.

Chelsea will be the first of the rebel 'Big Six' in the Premier League to host a match since the plan to form the Super League was confirmed.

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Liverpool is another club involved in the controversial idea and their supporters have also asked for their banners to be taken off Anfield's famous Kop End.

Chelsea supporters will protest against the Super League outside Stamford Bridge this evening before the game.

For full details on how the European Super League will work, check out SunSport's extensive guide to the hugely controversial plans.

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