Chelsea fans are planning to boycott Stamford Bridge unless Rafa Benitez is sacked

Boycott at the Bridge: Chelsea fans plan to stay away unless Rafa is handed his P45

By
Neil Ashton

PUBLISHED:

22:53 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

02:42 GMT, 11 January 2013

Angry Chelsea fans have decided to boycott matches until Rafa Benitez is dumped, it was claimed.

Supporters believe the club is being torn apart by the way it is being run and are determined to see the back of the interim manager.

Boycott: Angry Chelsea fans are preparing to boycott matches until current boss Rafa Benitez (pictured) leaves the club

Boycott: Angry Chelsea fans are preparing to boycott matches until current boss Rafa Benitez (pictured) leaves

After Chelsea’s shock 2-0 home defeat by Swansea on Wednesday in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg, the depth of anger being felt by fans was expressed by Trizia Fiorellino, chair of the Chelsea Supporters’ Group, who said: ‘We are in turmoil and there is a danger we will lose the soul of the club.

Unpopular: Benitez has been booed and jeered since he arrived at Chelsea, and has suffered mixed results so far

Unpopular: Benitez has been booed and jeered since he arrived at Chelsea, and has suffered mixed results so far

‘I know of fans who will not watch Chelsea until Rafa Benitez has gone.

'In my experience, fans who stop watching the club don’t come back.’

Chairman Bruce Buck was showered with abuse before the match and supporters went on to chant the names of former managers Jose Mourinho and Roberto Di Matteo during a fractious first leg.

One fan even ran down the steps of the East Stand at the final whistle and shouted: ‘**** off, Benitez’ after the reigning European champions failed to beat the high-flying Swans.

Fiorellino added: ‘The booing of Bruce Buck was universal and vitriolic. It was a serious miscalculation by someone at the club to let him on the pitch before the game.

‘We are fully appreciative of everything Roman Abramovich has done for the club but Benitez is not the right fit for Chelsea.

‘He was brought in to get the best out of Fernando Torres, but if anything the body language has become even worse.

‘There is a lot of disharmony among the supporters about everything that is happening and it is tearing the club apart.’

Real Madrid have targeted Benitez as a potential summer replacement for Jose Mourinho, should the Portuguese leave in the summer.

Chelsea fans are also furious with the treatment of midfield legend Frank Lampard as he enters the final phase of his career at the club.

Fiorellino added: ‘It is an unpopular decision to let Lampard leave and it seems John Terry may be next.’

Owner Abramovich, who is on the Caribbean island of St Barts on an extended holiday, has been made aware of fans’ fury by senior figures at the club after they were humiliated by Michael Laudrup’s side.

Club legend: Chelsea fans are furious that iconic midfielder Frank Lampard appears to be leaving the club in the summer

Club legend: Fans are furious that iconic midfielder Frank Lampard appears to be leaving the club in the summer

Meanwhile, fans from Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League rivals Arsenal have hit out at over ‘extortionate’ ticket prices at the Emirates.

Arsenal protest group the Black Scarf Movement have written to chief executive Ivan Gazidis, saying: ‘You’d be hard-pressed to find any football fan who considers the club’s Category A prices (62 to 126) reasonable.’

'Extortionate': Arsenal fans are furious at the prices they have to pay to watch their team, and have wrote a letter to chief executive, Ivan Gazidis

'Extortionate': Arsenal fans are furious at the prices they have to pay to watch their team, and have wrote a letter to chief executive, Ivan Gazidis