The Blues may have to find a new venue.
Chelsea have consulted the RFU about using Twickenham Stadium as their temporary home in the 2016/17 season as Stamford Bridge is expanded, but the locals do not want it.
An online petition setup by Liberal Democrat councillors has now had 570 signatures added to it as the people of the area do not want 82,000 football fans traipsing past their houses every other week.
Whilst music concerts and Rugby League matches have been held at Twickenham in the past the locals believe that allowing the Blues to move there for 12 months would show the RFU’s complete disregard for those that live nearby.
“The suggestion that the stadium could be used for Chelsea FC home games would break new ground in demonstrating that the RFU has no real commitment to its neighbours,” Paul Coveney was quoted by Get West London.
“As local residents we have had enough of the RFU squeezing more events in their calendar for the purpose of making more money without regard to local residents and the disruption these events cause. Enough is enough!!!” Michael Costello added.
The West London outfit would not be allowed to move into the ground until 2016 at the earliest due to commitments to the 2015 Rugby World Cup and it’s clear the debate of where they will be housed is set to rumble on for some time.
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