The players generate thousands of tonnes in carbon emissions a year driving their sports cars and 4x4s. But Chelsea Football Club was today named one of the most environmentally friendly organisations in London.
The club was honoured in Boris Johnson's "green awards" for encouraging supporters - some 42,000 at every home game - to use public transport to get to Stamford Bridge. There was also praise for a car-sharing scheme among fans, and a web campaign urging supporters to be energy-efficient.
They were encouraged to turn down the temperature on washing machines and central heating, and not leave appliances on standby. These measures may help offset carbon emissions generated by the club's players.