Chelsea reaffirmed their commitment to their fans by announcing that from July 1 there will be a fan presence at club board meetings.
The west London club, which was one of 12 clubs involved in the European Super League fiasco last month, will select three fan advisers in an election and selection process who will attend the meetings of the board to ensure that the general sentiment of supporters is taken into account.
Supporters protested ahead of Chelsea’s game against Brighton on April 20 in opposition to the controversial breakup competition which had been launched two days earlier.
The anger turned to celebration when it was revealed that the Stamford Bridge outfit had become the first to step down before the other five England teams involved followed suit.
The club’s commitment to listening to its fans has now extended to the inclusion of fan advisers, who will attend around four meetings per year.
“Chelsea Football Club announces that from July 1 supporters will attend club board meetings,” said a statement.
“The club will now consult with the Fan Forum and several unofficial fan groups to discuss the club’s proposed process for selecting the three Fan Advisors.
“The nomination criteria as well as the final selection will ensure that the fan presence is representative of our fan base in general and that it is inclusive and diverse. A new selection will be made before the start of each season.
“Successful applicants will be required to enter into a confidentiality agreement, similar in scope to the confidentiality obligations of a member of the Chelsea Football Club board of directors. This will allow the club to discuss and seek advice on a wide range of issues. “
Support Advisors will not be eligible to vote or participate in player, staff, or academy related meetings, but if Advisors successfully complete the year by attending all required meetings, they will have the right to select a UK registered charity to receive a contribution of £ 2,500 from the club.