10 Mar 2022

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich sanctioned by UK government

Chief Correspondent

The future of Chelsea football club has been plunged into uncertainty after its owner, Roman Abramovich, was targeted by UK sanctions.

He’s among seven Russian oligarchs to be slapped with measures including travel bans and a freeze on assets.

It means Chelsea won’t be able to sell tickets for games, and can’t trade players on the transfer market or renew existing contracts.

However the government said it would be allowed to continue playing fixtures and paying staff.