Chelsea reject Bridge bid

FOOTBALL: Chelsea have rejected a counter-offer from opponents of their bid to buy back the freehold of Stamford Bridge. Chelsea need 75 per cent of supporter-led group Chelsea Pitch Owners shareholders who attend an extraordinary general meeting on 27 October to back their bid in order for it to succeed. Their opponents established a campaign last week called ‘Say No CPO’ and members of the campaign have met twice with Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck to plead their case and yesterday saw them make a counter-offer to the club. But a Chelsea spokesman said: “We have made what we believe to be a reasonable proposal to the CPO shareholders, and that is the proposal that will be put to them on 27 October.”