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Chelsea Supporters’ Trust seek ‘urgent clarification’ on Roman Abramovich statement

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust said it was “seeking urgent clarification” on the impact of Roman Abramovich’s decision to step down as manager of the club following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Blues owner announced on Saturday night that he was handing over ‘stewardship and care’ to the Chelsea Foundation board, which includes club chairman Bruce Buck and women’s head coach Emma Hayes.

Several Russian billionaires have been hit with sanctions by the British government in response to the conflict in Ukraine.

Abramovich is not one of them, but Labor MP Chris Bryant this week urged the House of Commons to seize the 55-year-old’s assets and bar him from owning the club.

However, Chelsea insist Abramovich has no intention of selling and his step back is designed to protect the club’s reputation and prevent the situation in Ukraine from overshadowing their season.

“The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust is deeply saddened and shocked by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the resulting loss of life,” the CSE statement read.

“We take note of Mr Abramovich’s statement and seek urgent clarification on what this statement means for the management of Chelsea FC.

“The CST board is ready to work with the trustees of the Chelsea foundation to secure the long-term interests of the club and the supporters.

“We stand with the Ukrainian people.”

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