Premier League side Chelsea FC have issued a response after the UK Government imposed a sanction on their owner Roman Abramovich.
The Russian assets were frozen earlier on Thursday meaning his planned sale of the club has been put on hold despite the club being given a special license to continue operations.
“Chelsea Football Club has been advised that its owner Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned by the UK Government.
“By virtue of his 100 per cent ownership of Chelsea FC plc and affiliated entities, Chelsea FC would normally be subject to the same sanctions regime as Mr Abramovich. However, the UK Government has issued a general licence that permits Chelsea FC to continue certain activities.
“We will fulfil our men’s and women’s team fixtures today against Norwich and West Ham, respectively, and intend to engage in discussions with the UK Government regarding the scope of the licence. This will include seeking permission for the licence to be amended in order to allow the Club to operate as normal as possible.
“We will also be seeking guidance from the UK Government on the impact of these measures on the Chelsea Foundation and its important work in our communities.
“The club will update further when it is appropriate,” the statement noted.
The move will see Chelsea locked out of making any player transfers nor can they sell merchandise or tickets for the foreseeable future.