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Last night, Chelsea logically disposed of LOSC (2-0) and took a big step towards qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Champions League. During this game, the Blues proudly displayed the world champion badge on their jersey, which they can wear thanks to their victory at the Club World Cup. Authorized in European competitions, the latter is usually prohibited in the Premier League, because the regulations stipulate that a jersey cannot be changed during the season. Only the reigning European champion could be granted a waiver.
A possibility for Chelsea to keep their Premier League badge?
If they already wore it last week against Crystal Palace in the Premier League, the Londoners could well be granted a waiver, announces The Sun, allowing them to wear it until the end of the season. An extremely rare fact in England, usually very picky about the rules. The decision is said to be motivated by the fact that the leaders of the Premier League believe that it will bring even more visibility to the championship.
An announcement that could nevertheless make Manchester United and Liverpool cringe. The Red Devils, England’s first Club World Cup winners in 2008, were denied the right to wear the badge in domestic competitions, as were the Reds, who only had the right to wear it once against Wolverhampton . It remains to be seen whether Chelsea will also ask for the possibility of wearing it in the Cup or in the League Cup final on Sunday, against this same Liverpool. Case to follow.
Chelsea may well be granted a very rare privilege. Surely enough to make two Premier League leaders cringe. Indeed, unlike Manchester United and Liverpool, the Blues could obtain the right to wear the badge of world champion until the end of the season.