Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned by the UK government as part of a crackdown on Russian money.
The 55-year-old put Chelsea up for sale on March 2 in the wake of Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine.
Abramovich has owned Chelsea since 2003 and has always staunchly denied any current political links to Russia’s ruling elite, but Boris Johnson’s Government has now frozen all his UK assets.
Chelsea will be given a special licence to continue operation, but the sale of the Stamford Bridge club is now on hold.
The very shape of Chelsea’s long-term future has been thrown into doubt with restrictions on ticket sales, transfers and new contracts.
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