Champions League: Threatened, must match between Lille and Chelsea

LOSC is not yet sure about being able to face Chelsea on Wednesday evening in the knockout stages of the Champions League. According to information from L’Equipe, the sanctions imposed against Roman Abramovich, who is still the owner of the Blues, could actually put a question mark on the conduct of the meeting. This Tuesday, the European Union decided to sanction new Russian oligarchs, including the boss of the English club, in retaliation for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The measures are part of a fourth set of European sanctions against Moscow, which were approved by the ambassadors of the 27 member states in Brussels on Monday afternoon.
Prior to its expansion, 862 individuals and 53 Russian entities appeared on this blacklist that prohibits entry into EU territory and gives the right to freeze the assets of individuals and companies concerned. Abramovich, a close aide of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has already been sanctioned by the United Kingdom. So why is the match between Lillee and Chelsea at risk? As L’Equipe recalls, Article 2 of the European Council Regulation states that “All money and economic resources belonging to natural persons, entities or bodies connected with them are frozen“and not that”Money or economic resources are not placed, directly or indirectly, at the disposal of natural persons (…) entities or bodies connected with them (…) or released for their benefit.,

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Chelsea, which is still owned by Abramovich, could therefore be affected by the new sanctions directly related to its owner. In the UK, the blues were given a government license to continue operating. So they would need this type of exception to allow the London club to play their match in EU member France on Wednesday. This can be provided by the French authorities if necessary.
Contacted by RMC Sport, UEFA however assured that the match would take place. The budget for the match against Lille would have been decided by Chelsea before Abramovich was banned. However, if the Blues were to qualify, the question of their retention in the competition may arise again.
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