Roman Abramovich in the middle of a storm, Britain’s new sanctions against Chelsea club

Sanctions were announced by the British government on Thursday, March 10, against Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea and whose assets are frozen, plunging European champions football club into utter uncertainty while the process of sale proceeds. Was.

Clubs have been allowed to continue with day-to-day operations but significant restrictions have been added as Chelsea are still third in the Champions League, FA Cup and Premier League, with a game scheduled for Thursday night in Norwich. Is.

The government says thatGiven the significant impact of today’s sanctions on Chelsea Football Club and their potential repercussions, the government this morning issued a license allowing a range of football-related activities at Chelsea.,

,This includes allowing the club to continue playing matches and other football-related activities, which in turn will protect the Premier League, the wider football pyramid, loyal supporters and other clubs.“, says the government.

As a result, the club’s sale is suspended due to the restrictions imposed. ,The asset freeze restrictions also apply to all entities owned or controlled by Roman Abramovich. This means Chelsea Football Club is now subject to an asset freeze under UK financial sanctions“, said the government.

Although Stamford Bridge customers will be able to attend matches, no tickets or items bearing the image of the club are authorized, the sale of which will replenish the club’s coffers. Therefore supporters of opposing clubs will no longer be allowed to enter Stamford Bridge and official visits by Chelsea supporters will be impossible.

A real gift to English clubs, the lucrative Premier League and C1 broadcasting rights will be paid to the club, but the amounts will be frozen, which, over the horizon of a few months, will jeopardize the payment of wages. ,

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The temporary authorization given to Chelsea to continue its activity allows the club to pay both salaries and the costs associated with holding matches at Stamford Bridge.

However, a higher limit of £20,000 (24,000 euros) has been imposed on the club’s travel expenses, which could cause problems for international matches. Next week, Chelsea will travel to Lille for the Champions League round of 16 second leg.

While Chelsea may continue to set a transfer deadline that expires before March 10, 2022, they have been barred from making new arrivals or even extending existing contracts. Important players, especially in defence, such as captain Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger or Andreas Christensen are out of contract this summer and will therefore leave the club for free.

However, the provisional authorization is valid only till May 31 and hence can be amended before the opening of the next transfer window.

In response to the restrictions imposed, in a press release published on Thursday afternoon, the club said it had “intends to discuss with the UK Government the scope of the licence. This would include a request for permission to amend the license to allow the club to operate as normally as possible.,

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