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Video: Chelsea fans protested outside stadium to block move to Super League

Chelsea protest

Chelsea and Manchester City have withdrawn from the newly-formed European Super League, and lots of fan pressure factored into the decisions.

Chelsea supporters protested outside Stamford Bridge on Tuesday to express their displeasure over the proposed plans to join the new league.

Chelsea Football Club has been around since 1905. Many of the teams in the Premier League have been around for over 100 years. Their fans rejected the notion of spitting on over 100 years of tradition and history all in the name of pure greed from the team owners.

The end result is as of late Tuesday in England, all six Premier League teams that were prepared to join the Super League have withdrawn. The fan outrage had powerful consequences.

Freddie Freeman’s wife shared video of their son Charlie hitting bombs

Freddie Freeman son Charlie

Freddie Freeman is a four-time All-Star and the likely NL MVP winner for this year. And if these videos are any indication, his young son Charlie may be soon following in his footsteps.

Freddie clubbed a 2-run home run to give his Atlanta Braves a 2-0 lead against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas on Tuesday. After the homer, FS1 showed Freeman’s wife Chelsea and son Charlie celebrating.

Then they aired a little piece on the Freemans that highlighted Charlie’s baseball skills. Check out this video shared by Chelsea of her 4-year-old son crushing balls off tees inside what appears to be a hotel ballroom.

The young boy also has a good arm:

Chelsea is currently pregnant with twins, meaning the Freemans will be soon adding some more little sluggers to their team. One day long after Freddie retires, we may be seeing some other Freemans in the majors.

Eight most disappointing soccer teams in Europe this season

AC Milan

European soccer tends to have its established giants, but riches and reputation has proven time and time again to be no guarantee of actual success. Sometimes teams don’t gel; sometimes the weight of expectation proves too much; and sometimes injuries and rot can set in, derailing an entire season before the new year even rolls in.

Here are eight teams from across Europe’s big five leagues — England, Spain, Germany, Italy, and France — who simply have not lived up to preseason expectations thus far in 2017.

AC Milan

Long an Italian soccer powerhouse, it has now been four years since AC Milan finished in Serie A’s top three. The 18-time champions sank as low as tenth in 2014-15 and haven’t even sniffed the Champions League since manager Massimiliano Allegri departed for Juventus in 2014. For a team with as rich a history as Milan has, that was unacceptable.

Subsequently, Milan invested roughly $230 million into new players over the summer, including stalwart defender Leonardo Bonucci and gifted young forward Andre Silva. The expectation was a run at the top four and the opportunity to re-establish themselves on the European stage. The result has been far from it. Milan sit seventh, nine points off fourth place, having lost five of their 12 games thus far. It’s clear that all the investment isn’t paying off — and that’s not acceptable given the heightened expectations.

Atletico Madrid

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