Chelsea could be stripped of club name and evicted from Stamford Bridge over ESL

Chelsea could be stripped of their club name and evicted from Stamford Bridge for their part in the European Super League saga.

The Blues were announced as one of the six Premier League teams in the breakaway league with Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham.

Fans of the club have reacted furiously to the news, with supporters protesting outside the club’s home ground.

It has also led to speculation that Thomas Tuchel’s side could lose their place in the Champions League semi-finals alongside City and Real Madrid.

And the Telegraph have reported that Chelsea could lose both their home ground and even their name over the ESL.

The Blues’ name and ground rights at Stamford Bridge are owned by nonprofit organisation Chelsea Pitch Owners.

While it is part of the Premier League side, it is owned by 13,000 fans who hold 23,000 individual shares – with former captain John Terry as president.

The website states they function to “protects the future of the stadium whilst also allowing fans to own a part of the football club club that they love”.

But they are now “re-examining” the lease the club have at Stamford Bridge as well as the team’s name, with the CPO board meeting on Thursday.

Chelsea lost the lease on their west London ground in the 1980s when they hit a financial crisis during redevelopment, facing a threat from property developers to build houses on the plot.

And it was only secured in 1992 when ex-chairman Ken bates did a deal with bankers to regain control though the CPO which purchased the pitch and club name for £10m from parent company Chelsea Village.

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  • They bought a 199-year lease as well as the license to the name – which the club can only keep if they play home games at Stamford Bridge or get 75 per-cent of shareholder votes.

    But this could change on Thursday after the meeting of the fan-funded organisation over Chelsea’s part in the ESL.

    Chelsea boss Tuchel has remained coy on the ESL but said he trusts his club to make the “right decisions”.

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