Chelsea stopped from selling tickets and sales on hold as Abramovich sanctioned

The football club is prohibited from selling match tickets and from signing new players

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Chelsea FC has been forced to stop selling match tickets and signing new players as oligarch Roman Abramovich is hit by the Government’s sanctions.

The Russian billionaire and owner of the football club had his UK assets frozen this morning in an effort to further punish Vladimir Putin for his invasion of Ukraine.

As Chelsea is a “significant cultural asset” the team can continue playing, but the club is unable to sell any home or away tickets.

Their 28,000 season-ticket holders will still be allowed to attend games.

As the club, which turns 177 years old today, is prohibited from agreeing to any new contracts, they will also be unable to engage in the summer transfer market.

Roman Abramovich sanctioned
Roman Abramovich sanctioned

They have also had to close their stadium shop and will not be allowed to sell any merchandise, but will be allowed to provide food and drink at matches, as long as Chelsea does not profit from the sales.

Mr Abramovich made the "difficult decision" to sell the club, estimated to be worth around £3bn, last week, but this has now been put on hold.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said "there can be no safe havens" for those who have been closely tied to The Kremlin.

Mr Abramovich denies any association with Putin's regime.

Mr Johnson said: "Today's sanctions are the latest step in the UK's unwavering support for the Ukrainian people.

"We will be ruthless in pursuing those who enable the killing of civilians, destruction of hospitals and illegal occupation of sovereign allies."

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: "I know this brings some uncertainty, but the Government will work with the league and clubs to keep football being played while ensuring sanctions hit those intended."