Pascal Gross backed fans’ protests – even though they delayed Albion's arrival at Stamford Bridge.

The Seagulls came through crowds of angry Chelsea fans, who had packed an area near the Stamford Gate entrance to voice their anger at Super League plans.

Albion players wore T-shirts with the message "Football is for the fans" as they warmed up for action.

Gross said: “We had to stop the bus for 20 or 30 minutes because the fans were on the street and we couldn’t get through.

“I can understand. I like it.

“They go on the street, they say their opinion about it.


“I really like that. It is no problem for me to wait there, they have the right for that.

The German midfielder said he was proud of clubs in his homeland who rejected offers to join the new venture.