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Chelsea want to appeal the ban on selling Premier League home game tickets with extra seats worth £200,000 per game

CHELSEA will lobby the Government to lift their bizarre ban on the sale of Premier League home game tickets.

The club is baffled by the decision Lifting home games in the league when they are now allowed to batter seats at Champions League games.

The Blues can't figure out why there's a ticketing ban only for Prem home games

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The Blues can’t figure out why there’s a ticketing ban only for Prem home gamesCredit: AP

The Department for Media, Culture and Sport lifted the suspension on all European and domestic away games, but not league games at Stamford Bridge.

Almost a third of the stadium could remain empty if Chelsea play at home in the premier league still packed to the brim though real Madrid come to London in less than two weeks.

Chelsea are currently operating under a special license due to sanctions outgoing owner Roman Abramovich because of his connection to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

The restrictions are designed to prevent the Russian billionaire from making money from the club.

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Chelsea have already agreed in partnership with the Premier League that proceeds from all ticket sales will go to charity.

The 14,000 seats sold game by game bring in around £200,000 each time.

The next home game against Brentford on April 2 is the last for which tickets were sold before the sanctions against Abramovich came into effect.

After that, gaps in the stands at Stamford Bridge, which have a capacity of 41,500, will be clearly visible when the suspension takes effect.

Chelsea plan to approach the government for further guidance and clarification in hopes of a turnaround.

Fans have reacted angrily to the government’s confusing move.

The Chelsea Supporters Trust issued a statement saying: “The Trust is urgently seeking clarification from DCMS and Chelsea FC as to why CFC members are unable to purchase tickets to Premier League home games at Stamford Bridge.

“The sanctions were not introduced to punish supporters – this decision is illogical and unfounded.”

REASONS OF “SPORTING INTEGRITY”.

The government has taken this stance for reasons of “sporting integrity”.

Chelsea are allowed to take traveling fans to away games to even out the atmosphere with the home crowd.

But as there will be around 28,000 season ticket holders at Stamford Bridge for home Premier League games, they see no need to let more in.

Visiting teams can come at the shed end of the site with full support.

Champions League games are not covered by season tickets, which is why Chelsea are allowed to openly sell them for games.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/18059537/chelsea-appeal-ticket-ban-premier-league/ Chelsea want to appeal the ban on selling Premier League home game tickets with extra seats worth £200,000 per game

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