Thursday, 26 February 2015

League Cup Information and Advice for Supporters




League Cup Information and Advice for Supporters
 
This Tuesday, the Chelsea Supporters Trust attended a meeting at Scotland Yard with the Metropolitan Police, British Transport Police, officials from Wembley Stadium and representatives from Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur Football Clubs. Following this meeting, we have been asked to distribute the following information and advice to Chelsea supporters:

At Wembley Stadium:

To avoid delays on entering the stadium, all supporters are advised to arrive early as the area around Wembley is congested on matchdays.

There will be zero tolerance towards racism and pyro inside and outside Wembley Stadium with sniffer dogs present to prevent the use of smoke bombs and flares, etc.

There will be a sizeable police presence at the game and a number of potential flash points for trouble and/or crushing have been identified by the police and Wembley Stadium. Stewards will be present on both sides of the segregation lines within the stadium, facing both sets of respective supporters.

Further information regarding Wembley Stadium can be found here.

Chelsea Pubs:

The pub split for Chelsea and Tottenham supporters has been released and can be viewed on the CST website here. Pubs will stop serving alcohol one hour before kick off and the match itself will not be screened at any public venues in the Wembley area. Off licenses and supermarkets will not sell more than four cans of beer to any one person and the whole of Wembley is covered by a no street drinking order.

Touts:

Wembley Stadium is designated as a dispersal zone and any ticket touts that are identified will be moved on.

Travel:

There are no major transport problems reported for Sunday in central London, however be aware South West Trains are carrying out engineering works. The Circle and District Lines are subject to part closure between Kensington (Olympia), Earl's Court and Embankment. All trains from Baker Street will have British Transport police on board. The Globe at Baker Street will have fencing on the pavement outside the pub.

Chelsea Support:

The Chelsea Pride of London overhead flag will be displayed before the game and flags for each team will be laid out on individual seats for supporters.

The Chelsea Supporters Trust wishes everyone associated with the club, from Mr Abramovich and the players to our supporters, an enjoyable and successful day!
 


Chelsea Supporters Trust

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

CST Response to Chelsea Ticket Price Announcement for 2015/16


CST Response to Chelsea Ticket Price Announcement for 2015/16

It is pleasing to see the recent announcement by Chelsea FC that season ticket and individual match ticket prices are to be frozen for next season. It is particularly positive to see that the junior category age limit has been raised from Under 18 to Under 20. We believe that the club are to be congratulated for these moves and for the continuation of the policy of subsidising away travel and tickets.

The Chelsea Supporters Trust annual members survey highlighted, again, that ticket pricing was the most important issue for our members. The CST board submitted a 2015/16 ticketing proposal to the club earlier this month which can be read here, pointing out that freezes had already been announced at other Premier League clubs, and held a follow-up meeting with the club on the subject. Obviously we welcome the fact that much of what we proposed for next season is addressed in the announcement.

This CST 2015/16 proposal was submitted and discussed before the details of the new Premier League TV deal, worth £5.1bn over three years, were published. The value of this new deal, which comes into operation in August 2016, clearly gives all PL clubs significantly more scope to identify and implement progressive pricing schemes designed to attract more young supporters, and also offer increased match going opportunities for those who cannot afford current prices.

The CST sees opportunities for significant ticket price reduction from 2016/17 onwards as a key issue across all PL clubs, not just Chelsea. It is probably unrealistic to expect Chelsea to act in isolation. We are active members of the Premier League Trust Network and will be working with that network, and other groups, to campaign on a national basis, as well as continuing dialogue with the club. We will keep our members fully informed of activities and progress.

The club announcement and further details can be read here.



Chelsea Supporters Trust

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Twitter: @ChelseaSTrust

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Incidents with French Police outside the Parc Des Princes


CST Statement: Incidents with French Police outside the Parc Des Princes


Many CST members have contacted us to express their anger and concern regarding the behaviour of French police outside the Parc Des Princes before Tuesday’s Champions League game with Paris Saint-Germain. CS spray and batons were used on Chelsea supporters queuing to get in, with no obvious provocation. We have heard strories of women, children and elderly supporters being among those subjected to totally unwarranted police action. Hundreds of supporters missed kick off and others left the area completely and missed the game, not wanting to be among those hurt. Additionally, we have heard reports of overzealous policing inside the ground and also in the city centre before the match.

The club is keen to hear from as many supporters who were caught up in these incidents as possible. The link to submit your experiences to the club on the official website is here. Many Chelsea supporters have already contacted the club to recount their experiences and we urge others to do so.

The behaviour of the French police was, in our view, totally unacceptable and it is not the first time British supporters have had problems of this type in France in recent years. It is only by those affected reporting what went on, to assist the club in making strong representations to UEFA, that this situation can change.



For the Chelsea Supporters Trust statement on the Paris Metro video, see here.



Chelsea Supporters Trust

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Twitter: @ChelseaSTrust
Website: www.chelseasupporterstrust.com

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

CST statement regarding video clip from Paris Metro


CST statement regarding video clip from Paris Metro

The Chelsea Supporters Trust condemns the behaviour of a small group of Chelsea supporters seen on the video clip taken on the Paris Metro yesterday. More than 2,000 Chelsea supporters attended the game, the vast majority behaved impeccably and it is a great shame that the behaviour of a tiny minority has let the club down.

The club has rightly condemned the behaviour seen on the clip and has made clear its strong reaction to what happened and its opposition to racism. The Chelsea Supporters Trust endorses this stance. 



Chelsea Supporters Trust

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Twitter: @ChelseaSTrust

Sunday, 15 February 2015

CST Statement: Disabled Supporters at PSG


CST Statement regarding disabled Chelsea Supporters at PSG

Ahead of Chelsea's game with Paris Saint-Germain this coming Tuesday 17th February, the Chelsea Supporters Trust was contacted by a number of concerned members regarding the experiences disabled Chelsea supporters suffered at the Parc des Princes during last year's fixture in the Champions League quarter-final.

The club has advised that they are taking appropriate action to try and avoid any repetition. They are liaising with PSG officials and are in dialogue with our travelling disabled supporters. There will also be a club representative situated in the section of the ground designated for disabled away supporters to monitor proceedings during the match.


The deplorable incidents
of last year, involving our supporters being threatened and spat at and having verbal abuse and missiles thrown in their direction, occurred as a direct result of PSG siting away disabled supporters in front of home fans. UEFA's original decision to demand the French club play one Champions League game with a part-closure of their stadium was subsequently reduced to a €50,000 fine, something the CST considered a very soft punishment for not only the abuse of supporters, but also for the fact that it was allowed by a club of PSG's means to occur. Last September's Fans Forum minutes made clear the club's disappointment at the verdict, but that they were unable to take any further action.

The CST believes these decisions put UEFA's
commitment towards the eradication of discrimination across European football in a bad light. While Paris Saint-Germain were ordered to make 'specific transformations' to the Parc des Princes, it is unfortunate that the timing of this game has made it unlikely for these to have occurred in time.

Disabled supporters have the right, as do all football supporters, to attend games without threat or harassment and we hope all travelling Chelsea supporters, disabled and able-bodied, have a safe, enjoyable and successful trip to Paris.




Chelsea Supporters Trust

'Making Your Voice Heard'

Twitter: @ChelseaSTrust