Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned by the UK Government in a move that has seen his plan to sell the club put to a halt.
The 55-year-old put Chelsea, a club he has owned since 2003, up for sale on March 2 in the wake of Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine but the move will have to wait as Boris Johnson’s Government has now frozen all his UK assets.
With the move, Chelsea can continue to operate under a special license but the west London club will be unable to make player transfers while the sanctions are in place, nor can they sell merchandise.
Massive news: Roman Abramovich sanctioned. All UK assets frozen. Chelsea can still operate under a special licence but sale now on hold. Club will not be allowed to sell any more tickets – only season ticket holders can go to games for the foreseeable future.
— Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) March 10, 2022
Furthermore, the club will not be allowed to sell any more tickets, meaning only current season ticket holders can attend matches for the foreseeable future. Food and drink sales at Stamford Bridge on match days will be permitted, however.
Abramovich is one of seven more Russian oligarchs who had sanctions placed on them by the British government on Thursday following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.