Chelsea are set to introduce a supporters representatives in the form of three “supporter advisors” at club board meetings starting from July 1.
The Blues were one of 12 clubs to have join the disputed European Super League (ESL), only to withdraw 48 hours later following a strong negative reaction from football fans around the world.
Chelsea Owner, Roman Abramovich and the board said they “deeply regret” the decision after reactions from fans and football lover around the planet.
Chelsea said the move “will allow the club to discuss and seek advice on a broad range of matters”.
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The Premier League club is to consult with its Fans’ Forum and non-official supporter groups regarding the process for selecting the supporters representatives (advisors).
“Criteria for nominations as well as final selection will ensure that the supporter presence is representative of our supporter base generally and is inclusive and diverse. A new selection will be made before the start of each season,” Chelsea added.
Chelsea fans protested against the decision to join the proposed ESL outside Stamford Bridge before the club’s league game against Brighton on 20 April. The club announced it would withdraw from the competition later that day.
The supporters representatives advisors will not have voting rights or be allowed to participate in meetings relating to players, staff or the academy.
Liverpool supporters’ group Spirit of Shankly (SOS) said on Tuesday that a “positive” first meeting with chief executive Billy Hogan and board members had taken place, in which they submitted a four-point plan to improve fan engagement.
Among the proposals is for two SOS representatives to be introduced at board level to advise on fan issues, plus a commitment that any costs in relation to the ESL involvement will be funded solely by the owners.
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