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Chelsea Respond to Criticism Over Abandoned Mascot Incident at Anfield

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Liverpool annihilated Chelsea on Wednesday night, securing a 4-1 victory. However, the spotlight shifted from the dismal on-field performance to a concerning incident involving the club’s young mascot.

A viral video showing the abandonment of the young fan on the pitch ahead of kick-off prompted widespread criticism. In response to the backlash, Chelsea have taken steps to address the situation. Despite the disappointing outcome on the pitch against Liverpool, it was the pre-match incident that stirred conversation online.

The video showed the Chelsea mascot was left alone and standing in the middle of the pitch. Seemingly abandoned by the players as Liverpool fans filled Anfield with their cheers.

Chelsea acknowledged and took steps to rectify the mistakes

Acknowledging the incident, officials from Chelsea have reportedly reached out to the mascot’s family. They extended an invitation for him to be a mascot again in the future. However, the club has shifted the blame to Liverpool, claiming that the responsibility for the well-being and safety of all mascots lies with the home team’s coordinator.

As reported, Chelsea emphasized that each Premier League club has its own coordinator tasked with looking after mascots on matchdays.

In this context, Chelsea argued that the lapse in judgment was Liverpool’s responsibility, absolving the London club from any blame. The incident has raised questions about the protocol for mascot management during away matches.

The viral video displayed the young Chelsea fan left to navigate the pitch on his own, with Liverpool’s iconic “You’ll Never Walk Alone” anthem echoing in the background. While a photographer on the pitch offered assistance, the incident has drawn criticism from fans online, condemning the Chelsea players for what was meant to be a special moment for the young mascot.

This is not the first instance this season where Chelsea have faced backlash for their interactions with fans. The squad’s immediate exit to the dressing room after a 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough in the Carabao Cup earlier in the season also sparked outrage among supporters.

The incidents raise questions about the club’s handling of fan-related experiences and its impact on the overall perception of player-fan interactions.

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