Following changes to the club’s special license, Chelsea FC will be able to sell tickets to away games, cup matches, and fixtures featuring the women’s squad.
The Blues had previously been unable to sell any tickets or merchandise due to UK restrictions imposed on Russian tycoon and Chelsea club owner Roman Abramovich for his suspected links with Vladimir Putin following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to the Premier League, rather than Chelsea, and will subsequently be given to appropriate parties, such as the Premier League or charity, under the new license. Away supporters may now purchase Premier League tickets at Stamford Bridge, with all proceeds going to the league.
Away supporters will be able to attend knockout matches, such as Chelsea’s home Champions League quarterfinal first leg against Real Madrid on April 6 and the FA Cup semifinal against Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium over Easter weekend, thanks to these modifications.
Meanwhile, home tickets are still subject to penalties, with only season ticket holders and those who bought tickets before the sanctions being permitted to attend games.
Chelsea has requested that any proceeds from ticket sales, which the club would normally earn, be donated to Ukrainian conflict victims.
“The amended license permits fans to attend Chelsea FC games; Chelsea followers to travel to away Premier League fixtures; and Chelsea fans to attend FA Cup, UEFA Champions League, and WSL games,” according to a statement from the Premier League.
“Any proceeds from the sale of these tickets that would have gone to Chelsea will be received and held by the Premier League.” Chelsea FC has asked, and the Premier League has agreed, that this money be donated to a charity that will help victims of Ukraine’s war.
“After consulting with the club, the beneficiary charity will be disclosed in due time.”
The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust issued a statement in reaction to the new license, pleading for “clarification from the DCMS and Chelsea FC on why CFC members will not be permitted to purchase tickets to home Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge.”
The penalties were not imposed to penalize supporters, according to the statement, and “this decision is unreasonable and baseless.”
Chelsea’s future has been clouded by doubt since Abramovich revealed his intention to sell the club only days after Russia invaded Ukraine.A shortlist of bidders is anticipated to be announced by the end of the week by the Raine Group, a US bank coordinating the club’s sale. The sale will be decided by the UK government in the end.