Mikel Arteta gave his view on the scenes outside Stamford Bridge when Chelsea supporters demonstrated against the European Super League.

Arteta’s Arsenal was one of the clubs included in the competition’s potential development

Speaking in his press conference, which was covered by the club’s official website, the Gunners manager was asked whether he saw the protests from Blues fans on Tuesday evening.

European Super League protest in London
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – APRIL 20: Fans celebrate as news breaks that Chelsea Football Club are to withdraw from the breakaway European Super League during a demonstration against the league outside Stamford Bridge stadium, home of Chelsea FC, in London, United Kingdom on April 20, 2021. Chelsea was one of six English Premier League clubs to have signed up to the planned midweek competition, announced on Sunday night in defiance of condemnation from football authorities and political leaders including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron. (Photo by David Cliff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

He said: “Again, people and fans are free to express their feelings, and if they decide to do it that way, we have to respect that and we have to listen to them.

“World football listened to them and that’s why they made the decision afterwards to withdraw from the project.”

Chelsea’s Premier League tie against Brighton & Hove Albion was completely overshadowed by events happening off the pitch.

Followers of the Blues swarmed onto Fulham Road to voice their disapproval of the Super League.

Fans Respond To News Of Football Super League
LONDON, ENGLAND – 20 April 2021: Chelsea fans gather to protest the introduction of the European Super League on April 20, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Six English Premier League teams have announced they are part of plans for a breakaway European Super League. Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur will join 12 other European teams in a closed league similar to that of the NFL American Football League. In a statement released last night, the new competition “is intended to commence as soon as practicable” potentially in August. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

The match was even delayed by 15 minutes because the team bus struggled to breakthrough the human wall of displeasure.

As the game inside the stadium rumbled on, it was announced that Chelsea had withdrawn themselves from the project.

Manchester City and the other Premier League sides involved gradually pulled out as well, leaving the plan in tatters.

Other clubs followed suit as the tournament’s organisation thankfully came to halt. For now.  

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