Chelsea have overtaken notorious villains Manchester United to take the unwanted title as the Premier League’s most hated club.
Fans of each top flight club were asked which opposition clubs they loved and hated the most in a survey conducted by the Daily Mirror, with the Blues emerging as the country’s least favourite side.
After a few seasons away from their usual title-challenging status, Manchester United slipped down the rankings to become the second most hated side.
Nearly 10,000 fans of clubs from across the country had their say in the annual poll, which put Liverpool in third, Manchester City in fourth and had Arsenal completing the top five.
At the other end of the table, Bournemouth came bottom of the list, making them the division’s least hated club. After their title-winning heroics last year, Leicester City were second bottom, proving that success doesn’t always necessarily equate to dislike.
Unsurprisingly, the majority of antipathy for Chelsea came from their London rivals Tottenham, West Ham and Arsenal. Although less obviously, they were the most hated team amongst Swansea, Sunderland and Middlesborough fans as well. Perhaps it has something to do with last year’s racist Paris Metro incident.
Meanwhile, large amounts of dislike were all exchanged between the North-West quarter of Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City.
Here’s a full rundown of the delightfully named ‘League of Hate.’