PREMIER LEAGUE – Abramovich sees his assets frozen by the British government, the sale of Chelsea is suspended

Thunderbolt in the file of the sale of Chelsea. The club was already in a blurry situation after it was put up for sale by Roman Abramovich, its Russian president, who was singled out for its closeness to Valdimir Putin. The situation is now even more confusing for Blues fans. The British government announced on Thursday to sanction Abramovich for his support of Putin in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, freezing his assets. Consequently, the sale of his club was immediately suspended.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said Chelsea would receive a “special license”, which would allow the London club to continue to fulfill its sporting obligations, remunerate its staff and allow ticket holders to attend matches. All while preventing Abramovich from enjoying his property. “I know this is causing some uncertainty, but the government will work with the league and the clubs to keep football going while ensuring the penalties hit those who are targeted.“said the Secretary of State on Twitter.

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Today’s sanctions are the latest step in the UK’s unwavering support for the people of Ukraine. We will be ruthlesssaid Boris Johnson. Described by the British government as a “pro-Kremlin oligarch”, Abramovich, who has always denied any closeness to Putin, was also issued a travel ban. Seven other Russian businessmen are affected by the sanctions.

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