The recent invasion of Ukraine by Russia has put Abramovich’s ownership of Chelsea football club under scrutiny.
Apparently, the 55-year-old will be relinquishing some of his responsibilities at the club, having released a major statement on Saturday evening that is curiously light on details.
Abramovich wrote on the club’s official website stating: “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.
“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.”
The exact ramifications of Abramovich’s decision, which hint strongly at his role at Chelsea being peeled back to an unknown degree, are yet to be established.
However, there can be no denying that the situation comes as an unwelcome distraction for the Blues, who are faced with questions about Abramovich in the run-up to Saturday’s statement.
According to the Guardian, men’s first-team coach Thomas Tuchel said when asked about the situation: “I am aware of all these scenarios and I am aware of all these discussions at the moment.
“I would love to take my right not to comment on this until there is a decision made. But we are aware of it and it’s distracting us, it’s worrying us.
“To a certain degree I can understand the opinions and the critical opinions towards the club, towards us who represent that club. I can understand that and we cannot fully free ourselves from it.
“Maybe people understand that me as a coach or the players, we don’t have the insight what is really going on. At the moment we don’t feel responsible for all this.
“We feel that it is horrible and there can be no doubt about it. War in Europe was unthinkable for me for a long period. The impact is clear and the discussions have an impact. Let’s be a bit more patient and understand what the measurements will be and then we have to maybe deal with it.”