FA Cup: Middlesbrough Refers Chelsea FC As A ‘Rotten Club’.
Rotten football club’ – Middlesbrough & owner Steve Gibson respond to Chelsea’s ‘bizarre & ironic’ request to play FA Cup tie behind closed doors.
Middlesbrough have hit out at Chelsea’s “bizarre” and “ironic” request to play their FA Cup quarter-final tie behind closed doors, a request that was revoked mere hours later on Tuesday evening.
The Blues said they want the game to be played without any fans present for matters of “sporting integrity”, but Middlesbrough are not happy with the suggestion, with their owner Steve Gibson labelling the Premier League side a “rotten football club”.
Request swiftly removed.
The FA originally announced on Tuesday that the proposal from the Stamford Bridge side will be discussed at a Professional Game Board meeting on Wednesday.
However, a spokesperson for the governing body released a statement confirming the request has been removed on Tuesday evening.
It reads: “After constructive talks between The FA and Chelsea, the club has agreed to remove their request for the Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final tie against Middlesbrough to be played behind closed doors.