Chelsea fans will be allowed to attend board meetings starting in July

Chelsea fans will be allowed to attend board meetings starting in July

Chelsea has announced that there will be a supporter presence at all board meetings starting from 1 July, although they will not have voting rights.

There have been many high-profile fan demonstrations following the Premier League's so-called big six's attempt to form a breakaway Super League last month.

Chelsea fans held one of the most notable prior to their match against Brighton, with hundreds of supporters lining the streets surrounding Stamford Bridge. More recently, a Manchester United fan protest forced them to reschedule their match.

Chelsea declared their commitment to supporter representation at board meetings on Tuesday, possibly in response to this dissatisfaction.

"Chelsea Football Club announces that, as from 1 July, there will be supporter presence at the Club’s board meetings," a statement read.

"Three supporter advisors, picked through an election and selection process, will attend board meetings to ensure general supporter sentiment is considered as part of the Club’s decision-making process."

The club went on to say that they would consult with fan groups on the best way to choose the three members.

"The successful candidates 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 broad range of matters," they continued.

"The supporter advisors will not have any voting rights and will not participate in any meetings relating to players, staff, the Academy, and related matters. Supporter advisors will attend approximately four meetings per year, and more if appropriate. If they complete the year successfully they will be entitled to select a UK-registered charity to receive a contribution of £2,500 from the Club."

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