French magazine L’Equipe reports that Wednesday’s Champions League game between Lille and Chelsea is ‘at real risk’ of cancellation.
The reason is Roman Abramovich, who has been placed on EU and UK sanction lists over his close links to Vladimir Putin.
His assets in the UK and EU are frozen but in the UK, Chelsea operate under a special government license that allows the club to be run daily, albeit with restrictions such as ban on ticket sales.
Now L’Equipe report that Chelsea might need a similar license from French authorities to be able to play Wednesday’s game against Lille.
However, UEFA are ‘confident’ the match will go ahead as planned. French authorities are said to be likely to allow Chelsea to play the game for the reasons of sporting integrity.
Chelsea planned to give away 4,000 tickets to Boro game for free, were unable to do it because of UK govt
Chelsea are not allowed to sell tickets for their games, only season ticket holders and those who had bought tickets before the restrictions were imposed on the club are allowed to attend their games.
For Saturday’s FA Cup clash against Middlesbrough, Chelsea had been given 4,600 tickets to distribute among the fans. They managed to sell only 600 before the restrictions were imposed.
Sky Sports report that the Blues’ initial plan was to give away these tickets for free to Chelsea fans. This would have been a nice gesture in the circumstances.
They asked the government for the permission to do it but the government ‘failed to confirm’ the club were permitted to give tickets away for free.
So after that, Chelsea released a controversial statement asking the game be played behind closed doors.
The statement has been met with outrage within the football community and many Chelsea fans have criticised it, too. Middlesbrough responded with a strongly-worded statement condemning Chelsea’s actions.