Last Sunday, the Chelsea team were surprisingly beaten at Queens Park Rangers and the club tasted defeat again on Thursday when a dramatic extraordinary general meeting saw Chelsea Pitch Owners shareholders vote against selling the freehold of Stamford Bridge to the club.
The meeting took place at Stamford Bridge’s Great Hall and 61.6% of the votes was not enough for Chelsea FC who required 75% or more to buy back the freehold as Roman Abramovich looks to relocate to a bigger ground.
Chelsea sold the land to the supporter-led group in the 1990’s to avoid being made homeless and it now appears as though they are destined to remain at the Bridge, with supporters criticising the club for a lack of transparency on the matter.
The Chelsea chairman, Bruce Buck, said: “I guess on behalf of Ron [Gourlay, chief executive], myself and Mr Abramovich, obviously we are disappointed but we recognise and respect that the shareholders have spoken.
“We will meet with Mr Abramovich and the rest of the board and decide what, if anything, we will do to take things forward. We are all Chelsea fans and I can only hope that, on Saturday, we all get together, support this club and beat the crap out of Arsenal.”