CST Statement – Return of supporters

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The Chelsea Supporters Trust held detailed talks with Chelsea FC when it was suggested that supporters might be able to return to a reduced capacity Stamford Bridge for the game against Crystal Palace back in October. We pushed hard for tickets to be sold on the basis of rewarding our most loyal supporters and also giving all other season ticket holders a chance to obtain one. The CST also asked for tickets to be sold at most on a pro rata basis from season ticket prices and with a suggestion of a one price stadium as in domestic cup games.

At that time there was broad agreement but subject to the top management at the club agreeing.

Following government announcements that there will 2,000 people allowed into Stamford Bridge for the Leeds game on December 5th, the CST hope that the club stick to these guidelines.

Although many, many supporters will be disappointed that they will not get a match ticket the CST sincerely hope that is the start of getting Supporters back into stadiums and capacity can be gradually increased until we are back to full grounds when it is safe to do so.

The CST urge the club to be open about selling details and why they have arrived at any decision. We also hope they will communicate often about the safety measures that will be in place at Stamford Bridge and the guidelines that supporters will have to follow accessing the stadium, inside the stadium and on leaving it.

We hope and trust that all supporters who are lucky to get a match ticket follow these new measures diligently for what will be watching football in a totally different way than anyone has ever experienced before.

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