"Judas”: Mason Mount Receives Hostile Reception on Chelsea Return After Swapping Blues for Man Utd

"Judas”: Mason Mount Receives Hostile Reception on Chelsea Return After Swapping Blues for Man Utd

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
April 5, 2024 at 6:33 AM
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  • Mason Mount endured a torrid time on his return to Stamford Bridge
  • The 25-year-old swapped Chelsea for Man United last summer
  • He has spent most of his first season at Old Trafford injured

Mason Mount faced a hostile reception during his first return to Chelsea after switching allegiance to Premier League rivals Manchester United in the summer transfer window.

The 25-year-old completed a controversial £60 million ($76m) move from West London to Old Trafford last July, marking the beginning of what would turn out to be a challenging debut season for him.

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Mason Mount was labelled 'Judas' on his first return to Stamford Bridge since leaving Chelsea last summer. Photos by Robin Jones/Getty Images, @Football__Tweet/Twitter and Mike Hewitt/Getty Images.
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While Mount's decision to depart Stamford Bridge for United surprised many, reports corroborated by GOAL suggest that his motives were not solely based on footballing reasons.

Mount's return to Chelsea ends in defeat

Making his first Premier League appearance since November against Brentford over the weekend, Mason's return to his former stomping ground was met with a chorus of boos.

He emerged from the bench to replace Alejandro Garnacho with the game tilting in favour of Man United at 3-2 with a few minutes to regulation time.

A heated exchange with Enzo Fernandez further fueled the animosity towards him, with Chelsea supporters expressing their discontent as their team almost squandered a 2-0 lead.

However, Cole Palmer salvaged the day with two quickfire goals deep into stoppage time, securing a dramatic turnaround 4-3 victory for Mauricio Pochettino's side.

Chelsea fans taunt Mount, label him as 'Judas'

During the match, Chelsea fans reportedly taunted Mount with chants of "Mason, what's the score?" echoing from the Matthew Harding End, as noted by journalist Nizaar Kinsella via Chelsea Chronicle.

Adding insult to injury, a viral photo circulating on social media captured the anger of a disgruntled fan holding up a Chelsea jersey bearing Mount's former number (19).

With the word 'Judas' emblazoned across the back—a poignant depiction of how some supporters perceive the English midfielder's departure, particularly considering his roots in the club's academy.

Mount clashes with Chelsea star Enzo

Mount began the match on the bench during his first return to Stamford Bridge, entering the game as a substitute for Alejandro Garnacho in the second half.

Garnacho scored twice, along with Bruno Fernandes' header, to give United a 3-2 lead. Mount's role primarily involved time-wasting tactics, which irritated his former teammate Enzo Fernandez.

This led to a confrontation between the two players, requiring intervention from the referee to defuse the situation, as reported by Sports Brief.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.