According to a new report, Chelsea’s owner, Roman Abramovich, has been heavily sanctioned by the UK government.
His assets have been frozen, and dealings with UK individuals and businesses are forbidden, in addition to a travel ban and transportation sanctions.
The sanctions, according to Sky Sports and other relevant media agencies, are meant to prevent the 55-year-old from earning any money in the UK, including from Chelsea.
Abramovich can submit a future application to the UK government to sell Chelsea as long as he does not profit or gain any money from the transaction.
“I know this presents some uncertainty,” Minister of Sport and Culture Nadine Dorries said in a tweet, “but the Government will work with the league and clubs to preserve football being played while ensuring punishments strike those who deserve them.” Our communities’ cultural assets and bedrock are football clubs. We’ll do everything we can to keep them safe.”
“Given the considerable impact that today’s punishments would have on Chelsea football club and the potential knock-on effects,” the government said in a statement. “The Government has this morning announced a licence authorising a number of football-related activities at Chelsea to continue.”
“Permissions for the club to continue playing matches and other football-related activities are included in this, which will protect the Premier League, the larger football pyramid, devoted supporters, and other teams.” Only certain explicitly defined actions will be permitted under this license, ensuring that the designated individual will not be able to dodge UK restrictions. The license will be reviewed on a regular basis, and we’ll collaborate closely with the football authorities.”
2/4 Our priority is to hold those who have enabled the Putin regime to account. Today’s sanctions obviously have a direct impact on Chlesea & its fans. We have been working hard to ensure the club & the national game are not unnecessarily harmed by these important sanctions.
— Nadine Dorries (@NadineDorries) March 10, 2022