February 8, 2023

Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich has handed over the affairs of the club to trustees of Chelsea’s charitable Foundation.

This comes amid UK sanctions against Russian entities after the invasion of Ukraine.

Mr Abramovich is a Russian oligarch, one of the groups targeted by western sanctions.

There had been uncertainty over Mr Abramovich’s continued control of one of the UK’s most successful clubs amid the crisis.

In this file photo taken on May 8, 2017 Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich waves during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge in London.

“During my nearly 20-year ownership of Chelsea FC, I have always viewed my role as a custodian of the Club, whose job it is ensuring that we are as successful as we can be today, as well as build for the future, while also playing a positive role in our communities,” Mr Abramovich said in a statement on Saturday.

“I have always taken decisions with the Club’s best interest at heart. I remain committed to these values. That is why I am today giving trustees of Chelsea’s charitable Foundation the stewardship and care of Chelsea FC.

“I believe that currently they are in the best position to look after the interests of the Club, players, staff, and fans.”

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