CHELSEA have shown their support for Ukraine ahead of today’s clash with Liverpool – despite their association with Russia.
The Blues took on their Premier League rivals in front of a sold-out crowd at Wembley this afternoon.
The match took place less than a day later Russian owner Roman Abramovich relinquishes control of the club.
He issued a staggering 110-word statement last night, handing management over to six trustees.
And despite the tycoon’s links to Russian president Vladimir Putin, Chelsea are firmly against the ongoing war.
Both groups of players and supporters performed a one-minute round of applause for Ukraine, which was perfectly observed by fans, with ‘You’ll never walk along’ ringing out. are from Liverpool end.
Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta and his counterpart Virgil van Dijk carried yellow and blue wreaths down to Wembley and the two teams became one for pre-match photos.
Fans posted outside the stadium to hand out prints of the Ukrainian flag with the Chelsea crest hoisted high before the match started.
And Wembley screen showing a Ukrainian flag emblazoned with the words: “Football stands together.”
Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003, and turned them into one of the most successful clubs in the world.
He has now passed on the club’s reigns to the six new managers of the Stamford Bridge club.
They include chairman Bruce Buck, Blues women director Emma Hayes, National Lottery head Sir Hugh Robertson and Piara Powar.
Attorney John Devine and Paul Ramos, the chief financial officer, are the stewards of the club’s growth.
His statement read last night: “During my nearly 20 years with Chelsea FC, I have always viewed my role as a Club supervisor whose job is to ensure that we succeed. as today, as well as building for the future, and playing an active role in our community.
“I always make decisions in the best interest of the Club. I remain committed to these values.
“That is why today I am giving the trustees of the Chelsea Charity the right to manage and care for Chelsea FC.
“I believe they are currently in the best position to look after the interests of the Club, the players, staff and fans.”
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