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Chelsea already make plans for Premier League & Champions League victory parades

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Chelsea have already made plans for a victory parade should they win the Premier League and/or Champions League next month.

55,000 letters were sent out by Hammersmith and Fulham Council last week warning of street closures on the afternoon of Sunday, May 25 if the Blues end their season by winning at least one of the trophies.

The letter reads: "We are writing to give you very early warning of a possible Chelsea FC victory parade if the club are successful as they pursue Premier League and Champions League titles next month.

"While the club and our three councils understand that success is far from certain, we believe that the responsible thing to do is give you as much notice of the date as possible."

"The need for us to plan for a parade follows police advice. They are concerned that a spontaneous celebration, should Chelsea be victorious, would be difficult to control and more disruptive for residents.

"Hence we have agreed to work with all parties to ensure that any parade happens peacefully and with the minimum of inconvenience to residents."

The forward planning comes despite the fact that Chelsea trail Premier League leaders Liverpool or have yet to play a minute of football in the Champions League semi-finals.

The note concludes: "I hope you appreciate that this letter is only intended to give you advance warning about the possibility of a parade, as we have learned the lessons from previous parades where you told us that you wanted as much notice as possible.

"While we wish Chelsea every success, we also realise that there are several twists and turns left this season and we promise to share our proposed plans as soon as we can."

Such advance planning can sometimes backfire as Islington Council gave warning of an Arsenal victory parade ahead of their 2006 Champions League final with Barcelona, only for them to lose 2-1.

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