The Russian owner of the Premier League football giants has been given fresh sanctions by the EU
Roman Abramovich © Clive Rose / Getty Images
Chelsea’s Champions League match at Lille on Wednesday is under threat because of new European Union (EU) sanctions on Russian owner Roman Abramovich, a report has claimed.
Businessman Abramovich was accused of having “privileged access” to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a new EU blacklist released on Tuesday, issued in the wake of the UK government imposing a range of punishments on the billionaire and the Premier League club as part of its sanctions list.
Chelsea are allowed to operate and play matches in the UK under a government licence aimed at controlling any money generated by the club while Abramovich is in charge.
A new licence could be required to allow them to take part in matches in Europe, according to L’Equipe.