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Chelsea release 155-word statement after Roman Abramovich was banned from selling club and calls for talks with government

CHELSEA has issued a brief statement after Russian owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK government.

Abramovich then had his assets frozen Connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Abramovich was sanctioned by the British government

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Abramovich was sanctioned by the British governmentPhoto credit: AFP
The Russian has had his assets frozen, including Chelsea, and he won't be able to sell the club now

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The Russian has had his assets frozen, including Chelsea, and he won’t be able to sell the club nowCredit: REUTERS
Chelsea are unable to sell any goods due to the sanctions

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Chelsea are unable to sell any goods due to the sanctionsCredit: REUTERS
Chelsea's club record ended two hours after it was revealed Abramovich had been sanctioned

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Chelsea’s club record ended two hours after it was revealed Abramovich had been sanctionedCredit: STEFAN RUSSEAU/PA WIRE

Chelsea can’t do that Sell ​​tickets for home or away gamesBuy, sell or renew player contracts and cannot sell goods – Enforcing the closure of the club store.

However, the Blues may sell food and drink on match days.

Chelsea’s statement read: “Due to its 100 per cent ownership of Chelsea FC plc and associated companies, Chelsea FC would normally be subject to the same sanctions as Mr Abramovich.

“However, the UK Government has granted a general license allowing Chelsea FC to continue certain activities.

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“We will play our men’s and women’s team games against Norwich and West Ham respectively today and intend to hold talks with the UK Government on the scope of the licence.

“This includes applying for permission to change the license so the club can operate as normally as possible.

“We will also seek advice from the UK Government on the impact of these measures on the Chelsea Foundation and its important work in our communities.

“The club will make further updates as appropriate.”

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The club could also potentially lose tens of millions in sponsorship deals.

Shirt sponsors Three are “reviewing” their commercial partnership with the club.

Chelsea could lose their £40million-a-year sponsorship deal with the telecoms company.

Official Chelsea partner Zapp is also reviewing its partnership with the club.


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https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/17907436/chelsea-statement-roman-abramovich-sanctioned/ Chelsea release 155-word statement after Roman Abramovich was banned from selling club and calls for talks with government

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