Chelsea have announced plans to allow three supporters to attend board meetings from July 1, as they seek to re-establish relations with fans following the European Super League debate.
The Blues were one of 12 teams to join the proposed breakaway league last month, but then changed their minds within 48 hours as plans began to crumble.
Chelsea’s withdrawal came amid pressure from the media, politicians, clubmates, UEFA, the Premier League and the Football Association (FA), as hundreds of supporters gathered in front of Stamford Bridge before a match against Brighton and Hove Albion, with Petr Cech having to to mediate with the protesters.
The club has taken a step towards restoring the confidence of fans by ensuring the presence of supporters at future board meetings, although they will not have the right to vote.
A statement said: “Three supporters ‘advisors, selected through a selection and selection process, will attend board meetings to ensure that supporters’ general sentiments are seen as part of the club’s decision-making process.
“The club will now consult with the Fan Forum and several informal support groups to discuss the club’s proposed process for selecting the three supporter counselors.”
The kickbacks led by the fans left each of the so-called England’s “Big Six” under pressure, and Manchester United supporters forced the postponement of their match against Liverpool on Sunday because of their passionate protest against the owners of the club, the Glaser family.