Chelsea fans cheer on owner and chairman Roman Abramovich. The support from Blues fans for the club's chairman, as stated in the Gazzetta dello Sport, was also seen during the London club's match against Newcastle. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spokesman: "I think people can show passion and support for their club without resorting to this sort of thing.
We are open to selling the club, we would consider applying for a license to allow this to happen in the right circumstances. But it is up to Chelsea to determine the exact process. We recognize the strength of the feelings around the people at the club, but that does not justify behavior that is totally inappropriate at this time."
Among the potential buyers mentioned are British billionaire Nick Candy, a consortium with Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly and Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss, as well as the interests of former Liverpool president Martin Broughton.
Chelsea has made it known that the measures taken by the British government are quickly drying up the coffers of the company, which soon risks not being able to meet even the expenses for ordinary management.
Roman Abramovic leaves Chelsea due to Ukrainian war
In the summer of 2003 Roman Abramovic bought Chelsea Football Club for £ 60 million; since then, thanks to enormous investments of money to sign players and coaches, the London club has started a new era of success, winning the Premier League in the 2004-2005 season, exactly 50 years after the last national title won, and then repeating itself in the following year.
On 19 May 2012 Chelsea won the first Champions League in their history, thanks to the victory against Bayern Munich on penalties. He managed to repeat himself in 2021, winning 1-0 against Manchester City with a goal from Kai Havertz.
In total, under his management, Chelsea have won 22 official trophies. Since the summer of 2008 it seems to have lost a large part of its capital on the stock exchange following the great financial crisis, on the previous estimated twenty-three and a half billion dollars, there is talk of a loss of even twenty.
Because of this, many people thought that the Russian billionaire intended to sell Chelsea to some prominent personalities of the United Arab Emirates, similar to what happened months before at Manchester City: however, the patron's denial immediately arrived, who I also filed a complaint against the authors of the article published in the English newspaper.
On February 24, 2022, due to the war between Russia and Ukraine, his account in the coffers of the English club was blocked. Given the impossibility of adequately carrying out his functions within the company, the following day he is forced to sell him to the charity foundation of the same London club.
Now Abramovich has announced his decision to leave the management of Chelsea, English Premier League clubs of the homonymous London borough, holder of the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup. The decision stems from the political instability generated by the invasion of Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, in Ukraine and the possible consequences on Russian properties in Europe.
British Labor MP Chris Bryant called for severe penalties to be imposed on the patron of the Blues as well. In a note, Abramovic said: "During my nearly 20 years of ownership of Chelsea FC, I have always considered my role as the club's keeper, whose job is to ensure the greatest success we can have today, as well as build for the future.
and at the same time play a positive role in our communities. I have always made decisions with the interest of the Club at heart. I remain true to these values. That is why today I am entrusting the Chelsea Charitable Foundation trustees with the management and care of Chelsea FC.
I believe they are currently in the best position to look after the interests of the club, the players, the staff and the fans. "