While some were reluctant to set fire to the famous blue shirt for any amount of money, others demanded figures into the hundreds of thousands. However, one man claimed he was prepared to burn it for as little as £9. And yes, he confirmed he was a Chelsea supporter.
One fan said he would do it for free it was was a Manchester United shirt, while another wanted the chance to burn a Tottenham jersey.
Fans reluctant to admit they would take the money
That few Chelsea fans were willing to admit they were prepared to burn a Chelsea shirt in public - unless it was far a crazy amount of money - comes as little surprise.
With many of the club’s fans milling about around Stamford Bridge, burning the shirt would have attracted plenty of unwanted attention.
Furthermore, burning a club’s shirt is widely regarded as a symbolic gesture, even though it’s essentially a piece of cloth.
Fact: Scorned fans burn shirts
There have been numerous incidents in recent years of scorned supporters burning the shirts bearing the names of former players and players who have submitted transfer requests.
In 2005, Liverpool star Steven Gerrard handed in a transfer request amid intense speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea, and this led to one or two fans taking to their back gardens to either photograph or film themselves settling light to ‘Gerrard 8’ jerseys.
Since then it’s become an increasingly common occurrence - and not just amongst fans of Liverpool - although some of the Reds’ faithful were at it again in 2013 when Luis Suarez revealed his desire to leave Anfield. It also happened with Fernando Torres in 2011.
A few Arsenal fans set fire to their Cesc Fabregas shirts after the Spanish midfielder joined Chelsea last summer, and the same thing happened two years earlier when Robin van Persie left the Gunners for Manchester United.
Is shirt burning an acceptable practice?
So, is shirt burning ever acceptable? Of course it is. If you pay for a shirt, it’s yours and you’re subsequently entitled to do whatever you want with it - including setting it on fire.
Most supporters could be convinced to burn their club’s shirt if offered enough money - can you honestly say that you wouldn’t?
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