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Roman Abramovich has confirmed in a statement that he has handed over the management of the site to the club’s fund.
The Russian owner has been criticized for his involvement with Chelsea in the midst of his country’s invasion of Ukraine. What’s more, Parliament heard that Abramovich had been named a person of interest in 2019 because of alleged links to the Russian state and alleged links to corrupt activities and practices.
Labor MP Chris Bryant claimed the 55-year-old should have his assets seized. The politician also questioned whether Abramovich should be able to own a football club and operate in the UK.
As a result of the criticism, Abramovich made a rare statement on Saturday night via Chelsea’s official website.
“During my almost 20 years of ownership of Chelsea FC, I have always seen my role as the guardian of the club, whose task it is to ensure that we are as successful as we can be today, as well as to build for future, while also playing a positive role in our communities, ”the statement said.
“I have always made decisions with the club’s best interests in mind. I remain committed to those values.
“That’s why I’re giving trustees of Chelsea’s charitable fund the management and care of Chelsea FC today.
“I believe they are currently in the best position to look after the interests of the club, players, staff and fans.”
Abramovich remains as Chelsea owner PA news agency understand. However, he will have nothing to say to any decision-making in the Stamford Bridge club.
Tea PA news agency also understands that Abramovich took the decision to protect Chelsea from persistent links to the broader situation in the midst of the conflict in Ukraine.
Chelsea’s senior leadership will not change, it is understood.
Abramovich’s setback would have no bearing on any British government sanctions, but was a decision taken solely in Chelsea’s interests.
Reports have claimed that investors are queuing up to take advantage of Abramovich’s potential sale of Chelsea.
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Nevertheless, if Abramovich faces sanctions, another report from The times claimed that such a move could have serious consequences for Chelsea.
The Blues owe the owner £ 1.5bn, which he could ask for if, for example, he loses his assets.
Sky Sports news reports that Chelsea FC Foundation trustees include women manager Emma Hayes. Among others, Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck are also shop stewards.
Chelsea face immediate priorities on the pitch
Away from the spotlight on Abramovich, Chelsea are also facing pressing concerns on the pitch.
They face Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday. Although manager Thomas Tuchel admitted that the Abramovich situation blurs his side’s focus ahead of the trip to Wembley.
Tuchel said: “We should not pretend that this is not a problem.
“The situation in general for me and for my staff and for everyone in Cobham, the players, is terrible.
“No one had expected this. It’s pretty unreal, as I said, it fuels our minds, it fuels our excitement towards the finale.
“And that brings a lot of uncertainty. Much more to all the people and families who are actually currently more involved than us.
“And our best wishes, greetings and thoughts are, of course, with them, which is absolutely the most important thing.”
After meeting Liverpool, Chelsea play Luton Town in the FA Cup.