Chelsea have been forced to scrap plans to launch their Centenary season with a tournament involving Arsenal, Tottenham and Fulham because of police worries about crowd trouble, it was revealed today.
The Evening Standard reports that both the police and local authorities in Hammersmith, Kensington and Chelsea were against the idea of a “London Cup” being staged at Stamford Bridge at the end of July.
A police spokeswoman confirmed today that there were concerns about “potential public disorder and disruption” around the tournament, which had been pencilled in for the weekend of 30-31 July.
Chelsea felt the project would have been a fitting way to start their season of Centenary celebrations, given that leading clubs in the capital used to play in a prestigious “London Seniors Cup” 100 years ago.
The competition would also have attracted huge interest from broadcasters.
Stamford Bridge officials, however, have accepted the advice that the four-team tournament is a nonstarter because of security reasons.