Reece James

Chelsea have revealed they are ‘pressing’ the UK government to allow the fans to purchase tickets for upcoming matches. 

The club is not allowed to make any new financial transactions after Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK Government in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In a statement on Monday, the club revealed they have been having meetings with stakeholders to solve the situation.

“We are pressing the Government to allow our supporters to have access to tickets. Meetings are taking place daily in search of a resolution. In addition, the Premier League and FA are also discussing with the Government the sporting integrity issues raised if they do not permit fans to attend.

“We are aware of the high level of frustration our supporters are facing over this issue, and we are doing everything we can to resolve it as soon as possible,”

The club provided further information on specific matches, including this weekend’s FA Cup clash.

Lille (a) – Wednesday 16 March

Supporters who sent in their declaration forms have been emailed the ticket collection point information.

Middlesbrough (a) – Saturday 19 March

Supporters who have already purchased a ticket can attend the match. Tickets will be sent out in the post tomorrow (Tuesday).

We have the remaining tickets for our allocation, but we are awaiting further updates from the Government on whether we can sell these tickets or not before Saturday’s game.

Brentford (h) – Saturday 2 April

Supporters who have purchased a ticket can attend the match.

Brentford will have some fans for the match at Stamford Bridge as all tickets sold will be honoured.

As such, if the situation does not change, West Ham will be the first club that will be heavily impacted by the ban as there is no single ticket that has been sold.

Despite the off-pitch troubles, Chelsea continued with their recent good run in the league with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Newcastle.

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