The FA hopes to allow Chelsea fans to buy tickets for the Wembley FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace | Soccer News


Chelsea can now expect full support in their FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace.

Sanctions from Roman Abramovich’s UK government currently prohibit the club from selling new tickets, but the Football Association has announced it is in talks with the government over amendments to the club’s operating license to allow the ticket sales for the Wembley showdown next month.

“We hope to have sold-out crowds in our two Emirates FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley Stadium,” an FA spokesman said.

“This includes tickets for Chelsea supporters for their match against Crystal Palace, and we are working with the government on a method to achieve this while respecting the sanctions currently in place against Chelsea.”

Earlier, Julian Knight, the chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, called for changes to the special license imposed on the club.

Chelsea fans have been unable to purchase tickets for the FA Cup quarter-final victory at Middlesbrough beyond those bought before the sanctions were imposed, but Knight insists a solution must be in place ahead of the semi-final against Palace.

“It is ridiculous that we are faced with the prospect of a half-full Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final Chelsea vs Palace,” Knight said before the FA released its statement.

“Chelsea are more than their owner, they are a living organism with huge significance to their fans and community. It was understandable that, in the short term, last week’s game against Middlesbrough went without Chelsea fans. but, with so much notice, the FA have no excuse to exclude them.

“The FA must be allowed to sell tickets to Chelsea fans as long as all the money goes to the Ukrainian people.”

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Last Tuesday, Chelsea initially requested the game against Boro to be played behind closed doors ‘for sporting integrity issues’ due to the inability to sell further tickets to away supporters, but later withdrew their request during the day.

The club is currently unable to sell new tickets at local Stamford Bridge beyond those already sold, or to sell tickets to visiting fans.

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Unless the license is changed, that means their Champions League quarter-final first leg at home to Real Madrid would be played behind closed doors.

Ticketing discussions between the government, the Premier League and the Football Association are ongoing.

“Everyone wants Chelsea fans to be able to buy tickets”

Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol:

“Behind the scenes there is a lot of work going on to make sure they can get tickets as soon as possible.

“The FA want them to be able to buy tickets, Chelsea as a club want their fans to watch them when they play.

“The Premier League and the government are trying to sort something out.

“We talked last Wednesday about a proposal to use a third party to distribute ticket sales, it’s something the government is looking at. It’s a possibility.

“As far as Chelsea fans are concerned, I think the good news is that everyone wants them to be able to buy tickets as soon as possible.”

The last with the sale of Chelsea: Centricus and Candy in the running

A British-funded bid involving Chelsea season ticket holders has revealed they are trying to buy the club.

London-based asset management company centricus have joined forces with hedge fund manager Jonathan Lourie of Cheyne Capital and Bob Finch of Talis Capital to submit an offer.

Lourie, Finch and Centricus co-founder Nizar Al-Bassam and CEO Garth Ritchie are all season ticket holders at Stamford Bridge. The group hopes for a quick resolution to the situation to help Chelsea.

Al-Bassam said The temperature: “There is a countdown because the club is bleeding money at a faster rate than it should while there is uncertainty there.”

Meanwhile, Nick CandyThe Chelsea bid consortium has doubled down on fan involvement in the club’s future.

Candy on Friday launched a bid worth more than £2bn to buy Chelsea football club through its Blue Football Consortium, which includes two big South Korean investors Hana Financial Group and C&P Sports Group, along with other backers high net worth funds in the UK, Europe and the US. It has now increased this offer following the addition of another major international funder.

At the center of Mr Candy’s bid is a commitment to a new era of fan involvement and ownership at Premier League clubs, guided by best practice recommendations as set out in the review. fan-led independent on football governance by MP Tracey Crouch.

Roman Abramovich put the London club up for sale on March 2, amid Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine.

The Russian-Israeli billionaire was then sanctioned by the British government on March 10, with Downing Street claiming to have proven the 55-year-old’s direct links to Vladimir Putin.

American-backed offers from Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly and Chicago Cubs owners the Ricketts family are among the first to pick up the slack.

Sir Martin Broughton and Lord Sebastian Coe also offered a bid.




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