FA reveals plan to sell tickets to Chelsea fans despite UK sanctions on Abramovich

The FA have confirmed that they are working with the UK Government to find a suitable way to sell Wembley tickets to Chelsea fans ahead of the Blues’ FA Cup semi-final tie with Crystal Palace next month.

Chelsea are currently operating under a special license following the UK Government sanctions on Roman Abramovich.

The sanctions on Abramovich mean that Chelsea cannot sell merchandise or new tickets, with only season ticket holders currently able to attend fixtures due to the sanctions imposed on Abramovich.


However, in a statement, the FA said: “We hope to have sell-out crowds at both of our Emirates FA Cup Semi-Finals at Wembley Stadium.

“This includes tickets for Chelsea supporters for their match against Crystal Palace, and we are working with the Government on a method to achieve this while respecting the sanctions that are currently in place on Chelsea.”

Meanwhile, the Times have reported that one way that Chelsea could sell tickets is via a commercial ticketing agency, with funds raised being put into a frozen account.

Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom, Julian Knight, had urged the UK government to allow Chelsea fans access to FA Cup semi-final tickets.

Saudi Media ‘not among frontrunners’ to buy Chelsea

The Athletic, an extremely reliable source, claim that Saudi Media’s bid is ‘not among frontrunners’ to buy Chelsea.

The Raine Group are unlikely to select them as they choose three or four best-suited parties from around 30 bids that have been made.

It was previously reported that Saudi Media made a £2.7bn offer. Their bid is fronted by the company’s chairman Mohamed AlKhereiji, a Stamford Bridge ticket holder.

Revealed: Granovskaia & 2 more people deciding who buys Chelsea

Raine Group, a bank overseeing the sale of Chelsea, is set to announce the names of three or four preferred bidders later this week.

According to CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs, the current Chelsea board is heavily involved in deciding who should be the club’s next owner.

And one of the bidders Sir Martin Broughton told The Times that Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, as well as directors Eugene Tenenbaum and Marina Granovskaia, will choose these preferred bidders.

It was previously reported that around 30 bids were submitted before the deadline. The sale is expected to be finalised before the end of the month.

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