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Chelsea have made a huge board decision as from the July supporters will be involved in board meetings, the Blues have announced. Three supporter advisors, who will be picked via an election and selection process, will attend board meetings to make sure that general supporter sentiment is considered as part of the club’s decision-making process moving forward.
Those who are chosen to be able to attend will attend approximately four meetings a year, and more if it is appropriate to do so. If they successfully complete the year, they will be entitled to select a UK registered charity to receive a donation of £2,500 directly from the Blues.
The statement, in part, said: “The Owner and Board of Chelsea Football Club would like to address Chelsea supporters about the events which have taken place over the past few days.
“We have taken time since withdrawing from the ESL to speak directly to various supporter groups and listen to their views and concerns.
“Our ambition with Chelsea Football Club has always been to make it the best club in the world, both on the pitch and in how we work with, and give back to the community off it.
“The joint decision to join the ESL was driven by this same ambition. When it became clear that a new league might be formed, we did not want Chelsea FC to miss out on the opportunity to play in such a potentially prominent league, nor did we want to risk the Club falling behind our closest English and European rivals in competitive terms.
“As a Club, we are committed to an open and regular dialogue with our fans and other stakeholders, but, on this occasion, regrettably, due to time constraints and confidentiality restraints, this was not achieved.”