Last week, the British government froze all of Roman Abramovich’s assets as a sanction for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Russian businessman is said to be a good acquaintance of several senior figures within the Kremlin, including Russian President Putin.
The decision also has concrete consequences for Chelsea football club. For example, it is no longer allowed to give new contracts to players. Transfers are also impossible for the time being. And even the merchandising and ticket sales can no longer continue.
Yet Chelsea fans continue to have a warm heart for their Russian owner. In past matches against Burnley, Norwich and Newcastle, his name has been chanted several times by the fans.
Now that the British government has imposed sanctions, it also urges Chelsea fans to stop using the name Roman Abramovich.
“We are aware of the strong feelings among the fans, but that does not excuse an attitude that is totally inappropriate at the moment,” said a spokesman for manager Boris Johnson.
“I think people can show their passion and support without resorting to this kind of action,” he added.
In the meantime, Abramovich would like to sell Chelsea, but that does not seem to be obvious. For example, the immensely wealthy Russian may not receive a sum of money for the sale, in order to prevent the proceeds from going to Abramovich or Russia.
According to the American CBS, there would already be interest from Saudi investors to take over Chelsea. The medium reports that a bid of more than 3 billion euros has been made for the outgoing Champions League winner.
Should Saudi Media Group bring in Chelsea, it would be the second Premier League club after Newcastle United to come into the hands of investors from Saudi Arabia in a short time. Unlike Newcastle, there would be no direct links with the Saudi government here.
In addition, it is also rumored that several American billionaires are interested in taking over the club, including Woody Johnson. The 74-year-old American also owns the New York Jets American football team.