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Old April 15 2009, 06:42 PM   #1569
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Re: (UEFA) Football Thread - Football not Soccer

The Chelsea flags are distributed by the club itself, not the fans. I'm surprised you haven't heard of them before - everyone else has been mocking them along the lines of "plastic club, plastic flags, plastic fans", and not just Liverpool fans.

IIRC, they first appeared in last season's semi-final second leg, when Abramovich, or whoever was in charge, wanted to create an atmosphere similar to that at Anfield on the previous two deciding legs in 2005 and 2007. They had failed to fill their allocation of seats at Anfield in the first leg, and there was a feeling that they needed to generate a more intimidating atmosphere to help win it.
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