Thomas Tuchel slams Chelsea fans who chanted Roman Abramovich’s name during Ukraine applause

Supporters outside Turf Moor began singing the ode to their owner amid a minute of applause for the victims of the Russian invasion.

It drew mockery from Burnley fans and widespread condemnation on social media.

And Tuchel risked a backlash from his own backing by claiming he picked the wrong time to show his appreciation for Abramovich, who this week announced his intention to sell the European champions.

After the 4-0 win, Tuchel said: “Now is not the time to do that. Listen, if we show solidarity, we show solidarity and we should do it together.

“We take the knee together and if an important person from our club or another club dies by misfortune, we show a minute of respect. Now is not the time to give any other messages. This is the time to show respect.

“We do it because that’s who we are as a club too. We show respect as a club and we need our fans to engage in that minute of applause.

“Right now we are doing it for Ukraine and there is no second opinion on the situation there. They have our thoughts and our support.

“We have to stick together as a club. This is not the time for other messages.

The Premier League has announced plans to show solidarity this weekend, with 20 captains wearing special armbands in Ukrainian colours.

The big screens in the stadiums will display “Football stands together” against a backdrop of blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag.

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Fans were also encouraged to join the club’s players, managers, match officials and staff in a moment of reflection and solidarity before each match kicks off.


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