Roman Abramovich sanctioned by the European Union as Chelsea withdraw their request to play the FA Cup match at Middlesbrough behind closed doors | Soccer News


The European Union has imposed sanctions on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in new moves aimed at Russia.

The EU has included the Russian oligarch in its updated list of those subject to asset freezes and travel bans due to his close ties to Vladimir Putin.

Sky Sports News understands the latest penalties won’t affect Chelsea’s Champions League game against Lille on Wednesday. UEFA is seeking clarification from the EU on the impact of the latest sanctions on Chelsea.

The news comes as Chelsea have also withdrawn their request to play Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Middlesbrough behind closed doors after widespread criticism.

Chelsea initially issued a statement claiming their game should be behind closed doors as they only sold 650 tickets out of their initial allocation of 4,620 for the game at the Riverside, meaning they were at a sporting disadvantage and that a game behind closed doors would be “the fairest way to proceed in the current circumstances”.

Middlesbrough called the request “bizarre” and “without any basis” and the UK government said it saw “no reason” for the game to be played without fans.

But a few hours later, Chelsea withdrew the request. An FA statement said: “After constructive discussions between the FA and Chelsea, the club have agreed to withdraw their request for an Emirates FA Cup quarter-final tie against Middlesbrough to be played behind closed doors.

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Sky Sports chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol explains what European Union sanctions against Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich mean.

“The FA remain in discussions with Chelsea, the Premier League and the government to find a solution that would allow both Chelsea supporters to attend matches and away supporters to attend Stamford Bridge, while ensuring compliance with penalties.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Sports Minister Nigel Huddlestone testified before the select committee of the Department for Media, Culture and Sport and said the government could amend its license to allow Chelsea to sell tickets, as long as Abramovich would not benefit from this decision.

He said: “The measures we have taken and the license we have given to Chelsea is precisely to stop [Chelsea going out of business]. This is to allow Chelsea to continue playing, to keep staff still paid, to honor ticket sales already, and we are in discussions with Chelsea and the fans to see if we can allow further ticket sales. , because we want the sanctions to hit those we intend to hit and not the others.

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Gary Neville has said the situation at Chelsea is a “red flag” for football and expects an independent regulator to step in to oversee the sale of clubs in the future.

“But we want to make sure that the penalties hit those we intend to hit and that there is minimal impact elsewhere. But there will be downsides as a result. We would welcome the sale (of the club) and we would change the license to allow this sale, and that would be important for Chelsea.”

Why Chelsea tried to play Boro behind closed doors

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Sky Sports’ chief reporter explains why Chelsea withdrew their request to play their FA Cup game against Middlesbrough behind closed doors

Kaveh Solhekol, Chief Reporter, Sky Sports News:

“A PR target? That’s a very good way of putting it. It was such a bad move on Chelsea’s part that even their own fans, the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust, issued a statement asking Chelsea to withdraw this request.

“Everyone in football can see that it’s ridiculous for Chelsea, the world champions, the European champions, to say that playing a Championship team on Saturday when they have 30,000 fans and Chelsea don’t ‘only have 600, is unfair It’s totally ridiculous for Chelsea to be And they’ve been condemned for it all day.

“There are two things I would say from a Chelsea perspective. Chelsea need to defend their supporters, their supporters haven’t been sanctioned by the UK government, they want to be able to follow their team and support them on Saturday.

“The second point is the big picture: from the start Chelsea knew there was no chance of this game being played behind closed doors, but Chelsea feel they have been pushed into a corner and they wants to put as much pressure as possible on the government to get them to relax some of these restrictions so that, for the rest of the season, they can sell or give away tickets to their supporters.

Who is in the running to buy Chelsea?

  • London-based luxury property developer and Chelsea supporter Nick Candy set up a consortium to buy the club. Candy wants to have a fan representative on the board and he is ready to invest money in the club as soon as possible to meet short-term funding needs.
  • Todd Boehly, Hangjorg Wyss and Jonathan Goldstein form a leading consortium which has made an offer in the region of £2 billion. LA Dodgers co-owner Boehly tried to buy Chelsea in a £2.2billion deal three years ago with Jonathan Goldstein. They have now teamed up with US-based Swiss billionaire Wyss. Goldstein is a property investor and Tottenham fan.
  • Former Chairman of British Airways and Liverpool Martin Broughton is in talks to form a consortium to buy the club. Longtime Chelsea supporter who played a key role when Fenway Sports Group bought Liverpool in 2010.
  • Owner of the New York Jets Woody Johnson does not comment on information that it is considering making an offer. He is a billionaire philanthropist and heir to the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson. Johnson was appointed US Ambassador to the UK by Donald Trump in June 2017.
  • Owner of the Philadelphia 76ers Josh Harris already co-owns a minority stake in Crystal Palace which he would have to sell if he buys Chelsea.
  • RedBird Capital Partners The US private equity firm which last April paid £533m for an 11% stake in Liverpool owners Fenway Sport Group. Premier League rules would prevent them from owning another club.
  • Vivek Ranadive is a computer software billionaire and owner of NBA side Sacramento Kings is interested in bidding for Chelsea.
  • Turkish businessman Muhsin Bayrak said he was confident of reaching a deal to buy Chelsea by the end of last week.
  • MMA fighter and Manchester United supporter Conor McGregor claimed on social media that he was offering Chelsea £1.5billion. His management company Paradigm Sports is working with McGregor Sports & Entertainment and Empowerment IP Capital on an offer.
  • One of the richest men in the UK Jim Ratcliffe looked at Chelsea but thinks Premier League clubs are too expensive. His Ineos Football Group now owns Nice and FC Lausanne. Ruled out the auction earlier this month but as a Chelsea supporter there is an outside chance he will be tempted to reconsider.

“A lot of people will say Abramovich is being sanctioned. He’s not allowed to do business in the UK. He can’t even pay his phone bill on the mansion he owns in Kensington. Why his club is he allowed to continue? You could argue that the government bent over backwards to be accommodating to Chelsea and their supporters. They could have simply closed Chelsea for the rest of the season. But the government decided they would try to make sure Chelsea stay in business and keep playing.

“A lot of people will say, maybe Chelsea should just shut up and be grateful to be allowed to continue playing and accept the conditions set by the government. But Chelsea are worried about the existence of the club. They think that there’s a real chance they won’t be able to continue this season unless some of these restrictions are eased and eased.”

MP: Chelsea should be seized and profits used to rebuild Ukraine

Chelsea should be seized by the government and the proceeds used to help rebuild Ukraine, MPs have heard.

Abramovich has been sanctioned by the government and is not to benefit in the UK under the restrictions.

Former Labor minister Chris Bryant told the House of Commons: ‘We shouldn’t just freeze, we should seize assets. I don’t think the government has the power to do that, in normal times you wouldn’t not that the government be
able to seize assets, but we need to have that power now.

“Because if you just look at Chelsea Football Club they are in kind of a limbo at the moment. They should be able to flourish, I have no hard feelings against Chelsea Football Club. I am Welsh, I have no don’t really care much about football.

“What matters to me is that the asset is seized by the government so that it can be spent on reconstruction in Ukraine. If the government doesn’t take that power, it won’t be able to do that.”




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