By Our Reporter
Culture secretary, Nadine Dorries posted a statement on Twitter today 10th March 2022 confirming Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned and the impact it will have on Chelsea.
“Putin’s attack on Ukraine continues and we are witnessing new levels of evil by the hour. Today the Government has announced further sanctions against individuals linked to the Russian Government. This list includes Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea Football Club.
“Our priority is to hold those who have enabled the Putin regime to account. Today’s sanctions obviously have a direct impact on Chelsea and its fans. We have been working hard to ensure the club and the national game are not unnecessarily harmed by these important sanctions.
“To ensure the club can continue to compete and operate we are issuing a special licence that will allow fixtures to be fulfilled, staff to be paid and existing ticket holders to attend matches while, crucially, depriving Abramovich of benefiting from his ownership of the club
“I know this brings some uncertainty, but the Government will work with the league and clubs to keep football being played while ensuring sanctions hit those intended. Football clubs are cultural assets and the bedrock of our communities. We’re committed to protecting them.”
Government open to allowing Chelsea sale
BBC Sport senior news reporter
Today’s sanctions against Roman Abramovich and the licence that’s been drawn up for Chelsea does, at the moment, halt any prospect of a sale.
However, the BBC understands that the government is open in the future to considering a licence that would permit the sale of the club, but that would have conditions so that the proceeds would not be able to go to Abramovich.
This is because they think the viability of the club is potentially best served if it is sold.
Chelsea’s next five fixtures
Chelsea’s men’s team travel to Norwich tonight, kick off at Carrow Road is at 19:30 GMT. They also travel to Lille for the Champions League last 16 second leg next week.
Norwich v Chelsea (19:30 GMT)
Chelsea v Newcastle (Sunday, 14:00 GMT)
Lille v Chelsea (16 March, 20:00 GMT)
Middlesbrough v Chelsea (19 March, 17:15 GMT)
Chelsea v Brentford (2 April, 15:00 GMT)
Here are some of the key points from the special licence put in place by the government:
*Chelsea are able to pay the wages of all employees, including players and coaching staff.
*They can pay “reasonable” costs of travel to and from fixtures but not exceeding £20,000 per game per team.
*Pay “reasonable” costs towards hosting home fixtures, not exceeding £500,000 per fixture per team.
*Fans who bought season tickets or individual match tickets before 10 March 2022 can attend games.
*Broadcasters can broadcast any fixture involving the club.