Roman Abramovich’s Sanctions: How will it affect Chelsea football club and Fans

The Stamford Bridge club will be granted a special license to allow it to continue operating, but only under certain conditions.
The government has sanctioned Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich because of his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The 55-year-old billionaire’s proposed sale of Chelsea has been put on hold.

Roman Abramovich
Roman Abramovich

The Stamford Bridge club will be granted a special license to allow it to continue operating, but only under certain conditions.

Here’s what it means for Chelsea supporters.

A special permit has been granted.

Chelsea’s long-term survival is in jeopardy as a result of the relocation, however, government authorities have promised that any harm will be minimal.

According to Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries, a special license will be provided, which will allow:

  • The fixtures will be completed.
  • Staff will be compensated.
  • Matches are only open to existing ticket holders.

Chelsea will not be able to sell new tickets to fans, but all tickets purchased before March 10 will be honored.

Season ticket holders will be able to attend games, and refreshments will be available at Stamford Bridge.

It’s unclear how this would affect away fans looking to purchase tickets for games at Stamford Bridge beyond March 10th.

Ban on transfers

The club has been placed under a transfer embargo and is unable to negotiate new contracts with current players.

Cezar Azpilicueta
Cezar Azpilicueta

Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, and Andreas Christensen are all out of contract at the end of the season, putting their futures in jeopardy.

Journeying to and from games

The club will be entitled to pay for “fair transport expenditures” to and from games, but only up to a limit of “not more than £20,000 per game.”

Longer visits overseas might be tough as a result of the restriction, especially if the club progresses in the Champions League.

Players and staff can be compensated by the club.

The team will still be able to pay its players and coaching staff’s salaries.

It will also be able to cover up to £500,000 in costs associated with hosting matches at its home field, like security, catering, and stewarding.

The club will be unable to invest in new construction or renovations.

Matches will be televised.

Chelsea matches will continue to be shown, and the club will continue to earn cash from the broadcasting rights.

Supporters will still be able to purchase products from third companies with current stock, but not directly from the club.

It’s possible that the sale will go through.

Despite the fact that the club’s sale has been halted, it may still go through if the government gives a new license.

According to a government source, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) is willing to negotiate with the club on a new license that would allow the sale to take place under certain terms, including that none of the earnings go to Abramovich.

The Russian-Israeli billionaire had promised to give the entire proceeds from a Chelsea sale to a new charity that would help victims of Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson

“It’s fair to say that the government is open to the sale of the club,” said Boris Johnson’s deputy spokesperson, “but, as has been indicated, it would require another license and would require further talk with the Treasury and other ministries.”

“What matters is that it could not possibly benefit Roman Abramovich or return to Russia.”

Mr. Abramovich’s “relationship to the Putin government,” according to the prime minister, is “concrete evidence.”

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