The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust have called for Blues fans to be involved in talks over the ‘ongoing impacts’ on the west London club following the sanctions on owner Roman Abramovich.
The UK government announced sanctions against Abramovich on Thursday due to his links with Russia president Vladimir Putin.
The Russian billionaire’s assets, including Chelsea, have been frozen, while the club have been issued with a special license that allows them to operate under strict restrictions.
Abramovich put the club up for sale last week and a whole host of potential suitors registered their interest.
Despite the sanctions, the Government may still allow Abramovich to sell – on the basis thatnone of the proceeds benefit the Russian oligarch.
In a statement released on Thursday, the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust urged the Government to include them in talks over the current situation and demanded that fans be handed a ‘golden share’ as part of any potential sale.
‘The CST notes with concern the Government’s statement regarding the owner. Supporters MUST be involved in any conversation regarding ongoing impacts on the club and its global fan base,’ a statement read.
‘The CST implores the Government to conduct a swift process to minimise the uncertainty over Chelsea’s future, for supporters and for supporters to be given a golden share as part of a sale of the club.’
What the Abramovich sanctions mean for Chelsea
- 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.
‘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,’ said Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries on Thursday.
‘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.’