3.9k Share this

Russian businessman and oligarch Roman Abramovich has seen his attempts to sell much of his UK-based portfolio – including multi-billion dollar Premier League club Chelsea FC – put to a halt as the UK placed debilitating sanctions on the billionaire’s assets. 

Interest from the wealthy across the globe, including the United States, had come in for the London club, which features Pennsylvania-born star Christian Pulisic. Everyone from co-owners of MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs to the U.S.’ former ambassador to the U.K. has rumored interest. 

Abramovich has today had at least $4.2billion of UK assets frozen, preventing him carrying out a fire sale of Chelsea FC and his London homes – but the government still aren’t able to seize anything off him, experts told MailOnline today. 

It means Abramovich will not be able to sell Chelsea FC, his most valuable asset worth an estimated $3.9billion, as he had hoped.  

Both the Premier League and Chelsea confirmed in a statement that the Blues’ Thursday match against Norwich City is still going ahead as planned. 

However, the UK government could still permit a sale as long as Abramovich does not benefit financially. In this case, it is likely any proceeds would be held in a dormant account until the sanctions expire. 

A spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: ‘The government is open to a sale of the club, but that would require another license and discussions with the Treasury and other departments. In no way could it benefit Roman Abramovich or the money find its way back to Russia.’ 

Businessman and former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan said that a sale is still indeed possible and has outlined how the club can come under new ownership despite the sanctions against Abramovich.

‘Let’s be clear, all of these things are solvable,’ Jordan told talkSPORT. ‘Even season ticket sales are solvable. As long as one single penny doesn’t go near Abramovich. If you set up a vehicle with an entity that takes money on behalf of Chelsea Football Club, but doesn’t allow it anywhere near Chelsea Football Club and it sits in a fund. 

Abramovich has changed the face of British football in his time as Chelsea owner, leading the Blues to 21 trophies in 19 years in a clean sweep of all global competitions. 

The oligarch is worth $12.5billion, according to Forbes, and owns a $197million Kensington mansion, a $29million West London penthouse, and more than $1.5billlion of yachts, private jets, helicopters and supercars based in Britain and around the world.

His two super-yachts may already be out of reach. $566million Solaris was moored in Barcelona a week ago but is now off the Sicily coast, believed to be heading to Israel, where he holds citizenship. 

The $711million Eclipse is currently in open sea off the coast of the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean.

In London, his staff are said to have been ready for viewings at his 15-bedroom mansion at Kensington Palace Gardens and a three-storey penthouse at Chelsea Waterfront.  

Roman Abramovich will not be allowed to sell Chelsea, while unprecedented extra measures have been taken to ensure he cannot profit from its activities

Roman Abramovich will not be allowed to sell Chelsea, while unprecedented extra measures have been taken to ensure he cannot profit from its activities

Roman Abramovich will not be allowed to sell Chelsea, while unprecedented extra measures have been taken to ensure he cannot profit from its activities

Abramovich is worth $12.5billion, according to Forbes, and owns a Kensington mansion, a penthouse, and more than $1.5billion of yachts, private jets, helicopters and supercars based in Britain and around the world. He now cannot sell any of them

Abramovich is worth $12.5billion, according to Forbes, and owns a Kensington mansion, a penthouse, and more than $1.5billion of yachts, private jets, helicopters and supercars based in Britain and around the world. He now cannot sell any of them

Abramovich is worth $12.5billion, according to Forbes, and owns a Kensington mansion, a penthouse, and more than $1.5billion of yachts, private jets, helicopters and supercars based in Britain and around the world. He now cannot sell any of them

Several American billionaires have an interest in purchasing the club, in part to take advantage of Pennsylvania-born star Christian Pulisic

Several American billionaires have an interest in purchasing the club, in part to take advantage of Pennsylvania-born star Christian Pulisic

Several American billionaires have an interest in purchasing the club, in part to take advantage of Pennsylvania-born star Christian Pulisic

But that era has been brought to a halt amid Vladimir Putin and Russia’s war in Ukraine. 

Today, Sir Keir Starmer said the Government’s ‘slow’ response to imposing sanctions on oligarchs amid the Ukraine invasion bears ‘echoes of Afghanistan’.

When asked about sanctions on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, he said: ‘I’m slightly frustrated, we called for this weeks ago and whilst we’re very supportive of the action the Government has taken on sanctions, there are echoes of Afghanistan here. 

‘We need to go further and faster on this.’

He added: ‘I called for these sanctions against Abramovich two weeks ago now and a feature of the Government’s reaction here is that they are too slow.

‘I support what they are doing and we voted for these sanctions to go through, but we do want a Government to go further and faster, and not be so slow.’

When asked who else the Government should be sanctioning, Sir Keir said: ‘Every oligarch and those supporting Putin in any way should be sanctioned.

‘So, we want more sanctions against more people, further and faster, we will support the Government in this, support the whole House on this, but they do need to go further and faster.’ 

Meanwhile, shadow foreign secretary David Lammy welcomed the fact that Abramovich had ‘at last’ been sanctioned. 

Abramovich is worth $12.5billion, according to Forbes, and owns a $196million Kensington mansion, a $28million West London penthouse, and more than $1.5billion of yachts, private jets, helicopters and supercars based in Britain and around the world.  

In August, the Chelsea FC owner's new $564million superyacht the Solaris was spotted for the first time at sea, off the billionaire's playground of Antibes on the French Riviera. It is now moored in Barcelona

In August, the Chelsea FC owner's new $564million superyacht the Solaris was spotted for the first time at sea, off the billionaire's playground of Antibes on the French Riviera. It is now moored in Barcelona

In August, the Chelsea FC owner’s new $564million superyacht the Solaris was spotted for the first time at sea, off the billionaire’s playground of Antibes on the French Riviera. It is now moored in Barcelona 

Roman Abramovich's Yacht 'Eclipse' - which has two helipads, a submarine and three landing craft, two swimming pools and a dance floor - is pictured off Portofino in Italy on September 2, 2013

Roman Abramovich's Yacht 'Eclipse' - which has two helipads, a submarine and three landing craft, two swimming pools and a dance floor - is pictured off Portofino in Italy on September 2, 2013

Roman Abramovich’s Yacht ‘Eclipse’ – which has two helipads, a submarine and three landing craft, two swimming pools and a dance floor – is pictured off Portofino in Italy on September 2, 2013

The Solaris is not as large as the Eclipse, a 533ft vessel. He has previously owned at least five other colossal yachts, with 162ft Sussurro the most recent to change hands around 2017

The Solaris is not as large as the Eclipse, a 533ft vessel. He has previously owned at least five other colossal yachts, with 162ft Sussurro the most recent to change hands around 2017

The Solaris is not as large as the Eclipse, a 533ft vessel. He has previously owned at least five other colossal yachts, with 162ft Sussurro the most recent to change hands around 2017

The billionaire recently bought a $346million Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner jet. The 50-seater aircraft is the world’s most expensive private jet with a base cost of $246million and a rumored $99million of additional equipment to the billionaire’s taste, Forbes reported, citing industry sources.   

It was last tracked to Dubai six days ago. Meanwhile, his $65m Gulfstream G650ER jet – registration LX-Ray – was last seen in Ankara, Turkey, five days ago. 

Abramovich also owns a fleet of supercars valued at more than $21million, believed to be in the UK. Among the high end vehicles are a Porsche 911 GT1 Evo, a Ferrari FXX, a Aston Martin Vulcan and a Maserati MC12 Corsa. The fleet also includes a Pagani Zonda R, of which only 15 have ever been produced and come with a price tag of $3.2million. 

Abramovich has seven children from two of his ex-wives. The eldest, Anna, 29, is a Columbia University philosophy graduate who lives in New York, while Arkadiy, 27, is an industrial tycoon with substantial oil and gas investments. 

Sofia, 26, lives in London and the ‘wild child’ ‘of the family, recently posted a message on Instagram attacking Vladimir Putin for his invasion of Ukraine. Less is known about Arina, 20, and Ilya, 18, or Aaron, 11 and Leah Lou, 7, who were both born in New York to his third wife, Dasha. 

Sofia Abramovich, one of his daughters with second wife Irina. She recently posted an anti-Putin meme on Instagram, calling for an end to the war with Ukraine

Sofia regularly shares envy-inducing snaps on social media, which reflect her love of horses, champagne and exotic holidays

Sofia regularly shares envy-inducing snaps on social media, which reflect her love of horses, champagne and exotic holidays

Sofia regularly shares envy-inducing snaps on social media, which reflect her love of horses, champagne and exotic holidays

Sofia joined a chorus of other wealthy Russian who have expressed their disgust at Putin's actions

Sofia joined a chorus of other wealthy Russian who have expressed their disgust at Putin's actions

Her Instagram post

Her Instagram post

With her Instagram post earlier this week (right), 27-year-old Sofia joined a chorus of other wealthy Russian who have expressed their disgust at Putin’s actions 

His new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner is understood to have been built in 2015 for PrivatAir, a Swiss airline operator, but was never handed over to the company as it filed for bankruptcy in 2018.

The plane is one of only 250 such aircraft in the world and is primarily owned and operated by major airlines. 

The 787-8 is 187 feet in length, and commercial models are able to carry 223 passengers.

For those who do not own their own Boeing 787 Dreamliner like Mr Abramovich, but still wish to charter one for a flight, they can expect to pay around $74,000 per hour – meaning an eight-four flight from London to New York could cost around $600,000.

Only two such planes are thought to be privately owned – one used by Mexico’s leader as his presidential plane and the other used by UAS International Trip Support, which operates global luxury charter jet service ‘Dream Jet’.

A spokesman for Millhouse, the company that manages the 55-year-old Abramovich’s assets, declined to comment on his purchase of the Boeing 787 when contacted by MailOnline in December. 

Abramovich’s jets, which have two pilots reportedly on $210,000 a year, are personalised inside with a study and supposedly a bedroom with a mirror on the ceiling.

The interior of a private Boeing 787 Dreamliner, similar to the model reportedly ordered by Roman Abramovich

The interior of a private Boeing 787 Dreamliner, similar to the model reportedly ordered by Roman Abramovich

The interior of a private Boeing 787 Dreamliner, similar to the model reportedly ordered by Roman Abramovich

A computer-graphic image of the interior of a private Boeing 787 Dreamliner - released by the manufacturer - shows a lounge space on the plane

A computer-graphic image of the interior of a private Boeing 787 Dreamliner - released by the manufacturer - shows a lounge space on the plane

A computer-graphic image of the interior of a private Boeing 787 Dreamliner – released by the manufacturer – shows a lounge space on the plane

The master bedroom of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner that is designed for private charter. The room features a king-sized bed and an in-built television. The bedroom also features an en-suite bathroom and a walk-in closet

The master bedroom of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner that is designed for private charter. The room features a king-sized bed and an in-built television. The bedroom also features an en-suite bathroom and a walk-in closet

The master bedroom of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner that is designed for private charter. The room features a king-sized bed and an in-built television. The bedroom also features an en-suite bathroom and a walk-in closet

The private charter Boeing 787 Drealiner's en-suite bathroom. The 787-8 model has 2,300-square-foot of space

The private charter Boeing 787 Drealiner's en-suite bathroom. The 787-8 model has 2,300-square-foot of space

The private charter Boeing 787 Drealiner’s en-suite bathroom. The 787-8 model has 2,300-square-foot of space

For those who do not own their own Boeing 787 Dreamliner like Mr Abramovich, but still wish to charter one for individual flights, they can expect to pay around $74,000 per hour - meaning an eight-four flight from London to New York could cost around $600,000

For those who do not own their own Boeing 787 Dreamliner like Mr Abramovich, but still wish to charter one for individual flights, they can expect to pay around $74,000 per hour - meaning an eight-four flight from London to New York could cost around $600,000

For those who do not own their own Boeing 787 Dreamliner like Mr Abramovich, but still wish to charter one for individual flights, they can expect to pay around $74,000 per hour – meaning an eight-four flight from London to New York could cost around $600,000

Abramovich also has a large shareholding in the Russian steelmaking firm whose materials experts say are used to make the military tanks which are invading Ukraine.

The Chelsea owner transferred his shares in Evraz, the London-listed Russian steelmaking giant, directly to himself from an offshore company on February 16, eight days before Vladimir Putin ordered the Ukraine invasion.

Analysts have told Sportsmail that the transfer of the 28.64% shareholding, from Virgin Islands-registered Greenleas International Holdings Ltd, could make it less vulnerable to the sanctions which have followed the invasion.

Abramovich’s current location is unknown, but he has recently been in Belarus ‘trying to help’ negotiate an end to Russia’s war against Ukraine following its illegal invasion of the country. 

The UK has said the billionaire, who has owned Chelsea for 20 years, is ‘associated with a person who is or has been involved in destabilizing Ukraine and undermining and threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, namely Vladimir Putin’. 

The government also said Abramovich had received financial benefits from the Kremlin, including tax breaks for his companies, the buying and selling of shares from and to the state at favorable rates, and contacts in the run up to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. 

Abramovich is among seven oligarchs to be hit with an asset freeze and travel bans under brutal new UK sanctions unveiled today.

The government has announced that the owner of Chelsea FC will also be prohibited from transactions with UK individuals and businesses. 

Abramovich’s one-time business partner, Oleg Deripaska, has been hit with the same measures – as have Rosneft chief Igor Sechin and four more described as being in Putin’s ‘inner circle’

Abramovich has gone through three divorces. He is pictured with his first wife, Olga, who he met when he was 20 and she was a 23-year-old daughter of a high-ranking government diplomat

Abramovich has gone through three divorces. He is pictured with his first wife, Olga, who he met when he was 20 and she was a 23-year-old daughter of a high-ranking government diplomat

Abramovich has gone through three divorces. He is pictured with his first wife, Olga, who he met when he was 20 and she was a 23-year-old daughter of a high-ranking government diplomat

Abramovich's second wife, Irina, a London-based former Aeroflot stewardess who wed the Russian tycoon in 1991. She is seen cheering on Chelsea against Tottenham in 2005

Abramovich's second wife, Irina, a London-based former Aeroflot stewardess who wed the Russian tycoon in 1991. She is seen cheering on Chelsea against Tottenham in 2005

Abramovich’s second wife, Irina, a London-based former Aeroflot stewardess who wed the Russian tycoon in 1991. She is seen cheering on Chelsea against Tottenham in 2005 

His third wife was the magazine editor Dasha Zhukova, who he was with between 2008 and 2017. They had two children

His third wife was the magazine editor Dasha Zhukova, who he was with between 2008 and 2017. They had two children

More recently he has been romantically linked to ballerina Diana Vishneva (pictured on stage as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet Kirov Ballet at the Coliseum)

More recently he has been romantically linked to ballerina Diana Vishneva (pictured on stage as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet Kirov Ballet at the Coliseum)

The tycoon’s third wife was the magazine editor Dasha Zhukova (left), who he was with between 2008 and 2017. They had two children. More recently he has been romantically linked to ballerina Diana Vishneva, seen on stage as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet Kirov Ballet at the Coliseum

Abramovich's eldest daughter, Anna, 29, is a Columbia University philosophy graduate who lives in New York. She is seen at the Chinawhite Evening Party during Cartier International Polo Day 2011 in Surrey

Abramovich's eldest daughter, Anna, 29, is a Columbia University philosophy graduate who lives in New York. She is seen at the Chinawhite Evening Party during Cartier International Polo Day 2011 in Surrey

Abramovich’s eldest daughter, Anna, 29, is a Columbia University philosophy graduate who lives in New York. She is seen at the Chinawhite Evening Party during Cartier International Polo Day 2011 in Surrey 

British billionaire Nick Candy was the latest high-profile business magnate to throw their hat into the ring for Chelsea’s sale, amid a host of suitors for the reigning Champions League winners.

There were several Americans looking to join the likes of US companies like Fenway Sports Group (Liverpool) and tycoons such as Stan Kroenke (Arsenal), and the Glazers (Manchester United) in owning a piece of a team in one of the world’s most prestigious sports leagues. 

Swiss tycoon Hansjorg Wyss and American investor Todd Boehly were also in the running, with more than 10 credible parties understood to have been compiling bids. 

Boehly is a businessman and part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League baseball, where he holds a 20 per cent stake. He tried to buy Chelsea three years ago with a bid worth over $2.8billion. 

There’s also reported interest from Vivek Ranadive, the Indian-American owner of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings surfaced on Tuesday when Sportico claimed that Vivek Ranadive is putting the finishing touches on his own offer.  

Ranadive has been owner of the Kings since 2013, buying them for $534m. They are now worth over $2billion and furthermore, Ranadive plays an active role on NBA committees helping to shape the future direction of the league.

American billionaire Josh Harris, who has stakes in the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, NHL’s New Jersey Devils and Premier League side Crystal Palace, is lining up a move according to The Financial Times.

Harris, 57, has an estimated worth of $7.5billion but his stake in Palace could confuse matters in making a bid for Chelsea as Premier League rules state he’d have to sell that stake before potentially taking over at Stamford Bridge.

ESPN reported that 74-year-old American businessman Woody Johnson – a long-time ally of former US President Donald Trump – is set to make an offer to Abramovich. He has already reportedly spoken to Raine Group.

Johnson is thought to have a good understanding of both Chelsea and the Premier League, having lived in London during his time as United States ambassador to the United Kingdom under Trump.

Perhaps one of the most eye-catching names linked to succeeding Abramovich is Thomas Ricketts. 

The Chicago Cubs chairman made his fortune in investment. He once owned a minor share in Derby County and four years ago fronted up a bid to buy Italy’s AC Milan, so his eyes have been caught by opportunities to invest in football before.

He has been involved with the Cubs since 2009, when he purchased them for $900m. He has overseen a near $1billion renovation of the Cubs’ iconic Wrigley Field and has also redeveloped the surrounding areas of the stadium.

Vivek Ranadive owns NBA team Sacramento Kings and is reportedly putting the finishing touches to a bid to attempt to buy Chelsea 

Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris (left) is debating an offer for Chelsea, a report claims

Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris (left) is debating an offer for Chelsea, a report claims

Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris (left) is debating an offer for Chelsea, a report claims

Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets, is reported to be ready to submit a bid for the club

Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets, is reported to be ready to submit a bid for the club

Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets, is reported to be ready to submit a bid for the club 

Thomas Ricketts (pictured right), the chairman of the Chicago Cubs, is perhaps one of the most eye-catching names to be linked to the purchase of Chelsea

Thomas Ricketts (pictured right), the chairman of the Chicago Cubs, is perhaps one of the most eye-catching names to be linked to the purchase of Chelsea

Thomas Ricketts (pictured right), the chairman of the Chicago Cubs, is perhaps one of the most eye-catching names to be linked to the purchase of Chelsea

The United States last week imposed sanctions against Russian oligarchs as it targeted Russia’s super-rich and others close to President Vladimir Putin, further ratcheting up financial pressure over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, though Abramovich was not among them.

The United States imposed full blocking sanctions on eight oligarchs and officials, including Russian tycoon Alisher Usmanov – himself a sponsor with connections to Chelsea’s Premier League rivals Everton – taking aim at those who have amassed fortunes and political influence through their connections to Putin. 

Shirt sponsors Three said it was ‘reviewing’ its relationship with Chelsea – setting up a possible wave of corporate boycotts that could see the club deprived of tens of millions of pounds and facing financial meltdown.  

Analysts say other sponsors are likely to follow Three in the hope of avoiding ‘guilt by association’ with Abramovich, who officials say owes at least part of his $12.3billion fortune to his friendship with Vladimir Putin. 

Other brands, including, Nike, which has a $72million jersey deal with Chelsea, as well as car manufacturer, Hyundai, and the watchmaker, Hublot, which have deals worth over $19million combined, will also have to weigh up their next move. 

What Chelsea now can and can’t do following sanctions on Abramovich

CAN 

  • Play all their matches, home and away; 
  • Pay the salaries of players and staff;  
  • Provide stewards, security and food and drink for fans;
  • Receive TV broadcasting revenues;  
  • Club sale could potentially still go ahead, as long as Abramovich does not benefit financially.  

CAN’T 

  • Sell tickets to home or away fans – only existing ticket holders will be allowed to attend; 
  • Agree any new transfers or contracts; 
  • Sell merchandise at the stadium or online; 
  • Spend more than $26,000 on away travel.
<!—->

Advertisement

Chelsea’s status as a ‘significant cultural asset’ means it can continue playing, but Abramovich will be deprived of any profits.

The club has been banned from selling home and away tickets, with only fans who have already bought tickets – including 28,000 season ticket holders – still allowed to attend games.

There is also the prospect that Champions League games will be played effectively behind closed doors, as those tickets are often purchased separately from season tickets.

Chelsea’s temporary licence bans it from spending more than $26,000 on any away game travel, raising serious logistical questions for its Champions League game in Lille next Wednesday. They play Norwich away tonight and Newcastle at home on Sunday.

A source told DailyMail.com: ‘Stamford Bridge is not going to be empty … we don’t expect them to play behind closed doors. It does mean there may be some empty seats but not an empty ground.’

Chelsea will not be able to agree any new contracts, preventing it from engaging in the summer transfer market. Captain Cesar Azpilicueta and key central defenders Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen could now leave for nothing when their contracts expire this summer. 

Chelsea will continue to receive TV broadcast payments and provide food and drink at matches, and existing staff, stadium stewards and players will still be paid.

The club – which today marks its 117th birthday – cannot sell any merchandise itself, but retailers who already hold stock can continue to do so, as long as none of the money ends up in Chelsea’s hands.

The license to continue operating will last until May 31, but can be ‘varied, revoked or suspended’ at any time. If the club were to end up in administration, they would receive a nine point penalty.

The United Kingdom’s Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said the aim of today’s measures was to ensure that Abramovich cannot ‘benefit from his ownership’.

The oligarch’s name was chanted by Chelsea fans during a minute’s applause for Ukraine at Burney on Saturday, leading to widespread condemnation.

The ticket page of the Chelsea FC website is currently down, with a message saying it is undergoing 'scheduled maintenance'

The ticket page of the Chelsea FC website is currently down, with a message saying it is undergoing 'scheduled maintenance'

The ticket page of the Chelsea FC website is currently down, with a message saying it is undergoing ‘scheduled maintenance’ 

Chelsea’s matchday store was shut today after the government announced sanctions that include banning it from selling any merchandise 

Martin Hardiman - seen with his son Peter, two, claimed he was the last customer in Chelsea's stadium shop before it closed today

Martin Hardiman - seen with his son Peter, two, claimed he was the last customer in Chelsea's stadium shop before it closed today

Martin Hardiman – seen with his son Peter, two, claimed he was the last customer in Chelsea’s stadium shop before it closed today

Today, Chelsea's shirt sponsor, the phone and WiFi company Three, confirmed its partnership with the club was 'under review' (pictured is a security guard against Stamford Bridge this morning)

Today, Chelsea's shirt sponsor, the phone and WiFi company Three, confirmed its partnership with the club was 'under review' (pictured is a security guard against Stamford Bridge this morning)

Today, Chelsea’s shirt sponsor, the phone and WiFi company Three, confirmed its partnership with the club was ‘under review’ (pictured is a security guard against Stamford Bridge this morning) 

The Next Matchday Countdown clock outside of Stamford Bridge today. The next game, against Newcastle, is on Sunday

The Next Matchday Countdown clock outside of Stamford Bridge today. The next game, against Newcastle, is on Sunday

The Next Matchday Countdown clock outside of Stamford Bridge today. The next game, against Newcastle, is on Sunday 

Abramovich has overseen the most successful period in Chelsea's history, winning 21 trophies - including five Premier League titles and the Champions League twice

Abramovich has overseen the most successful period in Chelsea's history, winning 21 trophies - including five Premier League titles and the Champions League twice

Abramovich has overseen the most successful period in Chelsea’s history, winning 21 trophies – including five Premier League titles and the Champions League twice 

Thursday’s news has left fans of the club reeling, with one declaring it ‘the end of Chelsea as we know it’ – while rivals mocked the club, saying ‘Stamford Bridge is falling down’.  

Although the shape of Chelsea’s long-term future has naturally been thrown into doubt, but Government ministers were quick to insist any damage would be limited.

Dorries said on Twitter: ‘Our priority is to hold those who have enabled the Putin regime to account.

‘Today’s sanctions obviously have a direct impact on Chelsea and its fans. We have been working hard to ensure the club & the national game are not unnecessarily harmed by these important sanctions.

‘It’s the end of Chelsea as we know it’: Stunned supporters fear the worst after Abramovich is sanctioned 

By Dan Ripley for MailOnline

Chelsea fans were today left fearing the worst though as the club faces a rocky and uncertain future.  

On social media, there were plenty of concerned fans fearing that the club in its current running would on longer continue, and feared darker  times ahead. 

They said: ‘Yeah this is it. The end of Chelsea as we know it. Was fun as long as it lasted.’

The news coincides with the day the club celebrate their 117th birthday and fans noted how the there have been better ones for the Blues.  

‘This is turning out to be a really s*** birthday for the club.’, one supporter reflected. 

Another supporter feared it will spark the end of the club, fearing the sanctions could be hanging around the club for a long time, while sarcastically congratulating those that claimed Abramovich shouldn’t have just sold the club as quick as he could.

They claimed: ‘Chelsea being given the death penalty basically. And no, these sanctions won’t be lifted anytime soon so this will be the new reality. Congrats to whoever advised Roman not to sell last week.’ 

Not all Chelsea fans chose to look at the negatives though, with one fan believing that with the club being given a its ‘significant cultural asset’ tag it could be allowed a special type of sale to keep the club functioning. 

‘We’ll get the special dispensation for the sale. There will be no ‘death’ of Chelsea,’ they responded. 

 

<!—->

Advertisement

‘To ensure the club can continue to compete and operate we are issuing a special licence that will allow fixtures to be fulfilled, staff to be paid and existing ticket holders to attend matches while, crucially, depriving Abramovich of benefiting from his ownership of the club.

‘I know this brings some uncertainty, but the Government will work with the league and clubs to keep football being played while ensuring sanctions hit those intended. Football clubs are cultural assets and the bedrock of our communities. We’re committed to protecting them.’  

Abramovich has changed the face of British football in his time as Chelsea owner, leading the Blues to 21 trophies in 19 years in a clean sweep of all global competitions.

But that era has been brought to a halt amid Vladimir Putin and Russia’s war in Ukraine.  

Today a Chelsea Supporters’ Trust spokesman said: ‘The CST notes with concern the Government’s statement regarding the owner.

‘Supporters must be involved in any conversation regarding ongoing impacts on the club and its global fan base.

‘The CST implores the Government to conduct a swift process to minimise the uncertainty over Chelsea’s future, for supporters and for supporters to be given a golden share as part of a sale of the club.’  

The sanctions came as it was confirmed three people, including a child, died when warplanes bombed the hospital in besieged Mariupol while pregnant women gave birth in the basement.

President Volodymyr Zelensky has described the attack as an ‘atrocity’ and ‘the ultimate proof of genocide against Ukrainians’. 

The hospital, in the besieged city of Mariupol, was hit ‘several times’ by high-explosive Russian bombs – one of which missed the building by yards and left a crater two-stories deep, officials said. Other bombs scored ‘direct hits’, President Zelensky said, wounding at least 17 people.

Olha Stefanishyna, Ukraine’s deputy Prime Minister, said there can be ‘no doubt’ the hospital was deliberately ‘targeted’ by Russia in a chilling echo tactics used during the bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo while Putin’s men were fighting alongside dictator Basahr al-Assad’s troops. Moscow denies targeting civilian facilities.  

The Chelsea website had a page announcing that tickets for Middlesbrough away would not longer be on sale

The Chelsea website had a page announcing that tickets for Middlesbrough away would not longer be on sale

The Chelsea website had a page announcing that tickets for Middlesbrough away would not longer be on sale 

Abramovich's name was chanted by Chelsea fans during a minute's applause for Ukraine at Burney on Saturday, leading to widespread condemnation

Abramovich's name was chanted by Chelsea fans during a minute's applause for Ukraine at Burney on Saturday, leading to widespread condemnation

Abramovich’s name was chanted by Chelsea fans during a minute’s applause for Ukraine at Burney on Saturday, leading to widespread condemnation 

A new licence allows the club to continue playing all its fixtures due to its status as a ‘significant cultural asset’, but only season ticket holders will be allowed to attend games at Stamford Bridge (pictured) 

A sign today announcing the club megastore had shut

A sign today announcing the club megastore had shut

A fan making a last minute purchase. Other retailers with existing stock can still sell it, as long as the proceeds do not end up in Chelsea's coffers

A fan making a last minute purchase. Other retailers with existing stock can still sell it, as long as the proceeds do not end up in Chelsea's coffers

A sign today announcing the club megastore had shut (left) and a fan making a last minute purchase (right). Other retailers with existing stock can still sell it, as long as the proceeds do not end up in Chelsea’s coffers 

Abramovich has changed the face of British football in his time as Chelsea owner, leading the Blues to 21 trophies in 19 years in a clean sweep of all global competitions

Abramovich has changed the face of British football in his time as Chelsea owner, leading the Blues to 21 trophies in 19 years in a clean sweep of all global competitions

Abramovich has changed the face of British football in his time as Chelsea owner, leading the Blues to 21 trophies in 19 years in a clean sweep of all global competitions

The Foreign Office announced the new sanctions with top-trumps style images on social media

The Foreign Office announced the new sanctions with top-trumps style images on social media

The Foreign Office announced the new sanctions with top-trumps style images on social media

Chelsea FC is Abramovich’s most valuable British asset, after the oligarch transformed the club’s fortunes from outside challengers to Premier League giants with the help of manager Jose Mourinho and huge signings like Didier Drogba, so its sale will be a personal blow to the billionaire industrialist. 

Boris Johnson said: ‘There can be no safe havens for those who have supported Putin’s vicious assault on Ukraine.

‘Today’s sanctions are the latest step in the UK’s unwavering support for the Ukrainian people. We will be ruthless in pursuing those who enable the killing of civilians, destruction of hospitals and illegal occupation of sovereign allies.’

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss added: ‘Today’s sanctions show once again that oligarchs and kleptocrats have no place in our economy or society. With their close links to Putin they are complicit in his aggression.

‘The blood of the Ukrainian people is on their hands. They should hang their heads in shame.

‘Our support for Ukraine will not waver. We will not stop in this mission to ramp up the pressure on the Putin regime and choke off funds to his brutal war machine.’  

The comments came as it was confirmed three people, including a child, died when warplanes bombed the hospital in beseiged Mariupol as pregnant women gave birth in the basement.

President Volodymyr Zelensky has described the attack as an ‘atrocity’ and ‘the ultimate proof of genocide against Ukrainians’.

The hospital, in the besieged city of Mariupol, was hit ‘several times’ by high-explosive Russian bombs – one of which missed the building by yards and left a crater two-stories deep, officials said. Other bombs scored ‘direct hits’, President Zelensky said, wounding at least 17 people.

Olha Stefanishyna, Ukraine’s deputy Prime Minister, said there can be ‘no doubt’ the hospital was deliberately ‘targeted’ by Russia in a chilling echo tactics used during the bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo while Putin’s men were fighting alongside dictator Basahr al-Assad’s troops. Moscow denies targeting civilian facilities.    

‘Stamford Bridge is falling!’: Gloating rival fans take to social media to mock Chelsea 

By Charlotte Daly for MailOnline

Fans have taken to social media to discuss the fact Roman Abramovich was named among seven oligarchs to be hit with an asset freeze and travel ban under the new UK sanctions. 

The government’s decision to prohibit Abramovich from completing transactions with UK individuals and businesses as been described as the ‘best thing’ to have happened to the English top-flight by rival fans. 

They believe the ministers’ decision to sanction Abramovich will lead to the ‘end of the London based club’ as the restrictions will come into force before the Russian-Israeli billionaire is able to offload the Premier League side.

As a result, Chelsea’s rival supporters have flocked to social media to praise the decision to sanction the club’s owner and mock the implications it will have on the London side.  

One fan wrote: ‘Please be the end of times for this club’. Another added: ‘I’m afraid London is red. Chelsea downfall starts now.’

One supporter said: ‘So he can’t sell Chelsea or fund it? Amazing news.’ While one added: ‘To say ABOUT TIME, is an understatement!’. 

Another Twitter user said: ‘The British government did something that made me happy this morning. That is a welcome change.’

While others took to the social media platforms to share memes celebrating the fact Chelsea were in a difficult situation.  

<!—->

Advertisement

Source: Daily Mail

3.9k Share this
You May Also Like

Film buffs descend on Comic Con

Holding out for a hero! Film buffs dressed as Marvel stars, Stranger…

Ray Liotta leaves behind 23-year-old daughter Karsen who is following in his famous footsteps

Devoted fans, former costars, and celebrity friends are mourning the tragic death…

‘We’ll Shoot You Graveyard Dead’

Polk County Florida Sheriff Grady Judd made clear his deputies are trained…

JOHN O’CONNELL: There was nothing low tax about Rishi Sunak’s announcement

Tory backbenchers greeted Rishi Sunak’s statement in the Commons yesterday with thunderous…

Poll reveals 86 per cent of the public are satisfied with the Queen

Her Majesty is still the nation’s Firm favourite: Poll reveals 86 per…

Kentucky’s Enhancements to School Security Worked, Law Enforcement Needs to Be Properly Trained

On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “The Story,” House Oversight…

Far-Left Daily Beast Grovels Apology to Hunter-Laptop Whistleblower

In the wake of a coming lawsuit, the liars at the far-left…

Ted Cruz calls for multiple armed cops and military veterans to be stationed at schools

Senator Ted Cruz has dramatically called for multiple cops and ex-military members…