Chelsea will reportedly be allowed to wear the Club World Cup badge on their shirts for the rest of the season after the Premier League accepted their
Chelsea will reportedly be allowed to wear the Club World Cup badge on their shirts for the rest of the season after the Premier League accepted their request.
The Champions League holders won the competition for the first time this month after beating Palmeiras 2-1 in the final in Abu Dhabi.
They then wore the badge celebrating their success in Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace in the Premier League, but many believed it was just a one-off occurrence.
However, The Sun claim the Blues have been granted permission to have the badge printed on their shirts for the remainder of the league season.
The report claims top-flight bosses believe allowing the west London side to display the fact they are world champions on their strips is positive for English football.
But the rules – which banned changes to a kit during the season – nevertheless seem to have been bent a little, and the news could well cause ire among Liverpool and Manchester United fans.
Liverpool were only allowed to wear the badge once in a clash at home to Wolves after winning the 2019 tournament following a 1-0 extra-time victory against Flamengo in Doha.
United meanwhile were refused such permission altogether after they became the first English club to win the tournament in December 2008 following victory against Ecuadorian outfit LDU Quito in Yokohama, Japan.
The badge was also worn by Chelsea’s players for their 2-0 victory at home against Lille in their first-leg last-16 tie in the Champions League on Tuesday evening, with UEFA imposing no such ban
It is also understood Chelsea could also have the badge on their shirts in the FA Cup if they apply for special permission from the FA.
But the first league game in which they will wear it with Premier League permission will be away to Burnley on 5 March.
Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are among other European sides to have worn the badge after Club World Cup success and Chelsea will now be allowed to wear it until the end of the next FIFA tournament, the date for which has yet to be decided.
The world champions patch is only allowed to be printed on first-team shirts, with FIFA banning it from use on training gear.
‘As per the usage guidelines, the winning team can wear the FIFA World Champions Badge from the day it becomes champions up to and including the final of the next edition of the tournament,’ FIFA explain.
‘The badge may only be used on the current official team playing shirts.
‘That means that the FIFA World Champions Badge may not be used on previous [or] historical versions of the team shirts, training jerseys, tracksuits, training tops or any other products.’