A number of Chelsea supporters have called for a boycott of the club’s European games, according to The Guardian. The boycott follows a decision by the club to raise ticket prices for Chelsea’s Champions League games by a whopping 33 percent.
The club stated the increase in prices was only so they could compete with rival clubs, who boast higher capacity stadiums. After the introduction of individual seating inside Stamford Bridge, the Blues are unable to accommodate more fans to increase revenue.
However, the reason is still not convincing enough for fans, as Chelsea Supporters’ Group vice-chairman Michelle Shaw said: “The only way to send a message to the club is by a low attendance at the Genk game.”
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Torres to face Man Utd.
Fernando Torres will look to rewrite the horrific headlines surrounding him lately, this Sunday against Manchester United. The Daily Star reports the Spaniard has been given the nod by manager Andre Villas-Boas to start the game.
Torres who provided two assists against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night, apparently did just enough to impress the manager. With Didier Drogba set to miss the tie, it is still unclear whom Torres will partner up front.
However, after witnessing Daniel Sturridge being withdrawn on the hour mark despite a lively performance on Tuesday, it could very well be the 22-year-old was substituted with this Sunday in mind.
Blues picked the right Juan.
Chelsea’s decision to sign Juan Mata as the alternative to intended target, Javier Pastore, has proved to be a blessing in disguise, according to The Guardian, after reports emerged claiming legal wrangles over Pastore‘s move to Paris St. Germain.
A dispute has arisen between the player’s agent, Marcelo Simonian, and former club Palermo. Now the Sicilian courts are considering a complaint from Palermo alleging Simonian is “extorting” money from them.
With Juan Mata settling well to life in the Premier League and contributing to the success of the squad, it is quite clear the Blues have avoided another messy legal wrangle, which could have been detrimental to the name of the club.