ROMAN Abramovich has been BANNED from selling Chelsea after being sanctioned today for being a crony of Putin.
The club was thrown into limbo this morning after the oligarch froze his assets and banned him from visiting or doing business in Britain.
Chelsea have been granted a special government license to continue playing, allowing tonight’s game against Norwich to kick off.
Fans who already have tickets will still be able to attend matches, but the club is prohibited from selling more tickets.
However, The Sun understands Chelsea can still release tickets to rival clubs so their away supporters can attend matches.
Chelsea are also prohibited from selling club merchandise in its official stores. Tapes can still be purchased from stores like JD Sports, but the club cannot get a discount.
Some of their only remaining sources of money will be selling pies and burgers to Stamford Bridge fans and broadcasting rights.
Under a cloud of cronyism with Putin, Abramovic put the club on the market last week and pledged to use the profits for the Ukraine conflict.
Today’s new round of sanctions will prevent a sale from happening unless ministers specifically authorize it.
The government “is open” to a sale but it’s clear Abramovich won’t get a penny.
Under the terms of the license — which expires on May 31 — players and staff can still be paid, but Abramovich can no longer pump money into the club, leaving his future uncertain.
This will likely mean an effective wage freeze for stars who will not be awarded new contracts.
Russian billionaire oligarch is among seven Putin cronies sanctioned over Ukraine crisis
Abramovich is among seven Putin cronies sanctioned today for continuing to twist Russia for waging a cruel war against Ukraine.
He has a net worth of £9.4billion and a sprawling property portfolio in Britain — which he can no longer visit after being hit with a travel ban.
Part of Abramovich’s wealth also includes an Azure Code mansion that was inhabited by King Edward, who abdicated the British throne in 1936, as well as a bond-style ski lodge and ranch in the United States. United.
He bought Chelsea in 2003 but hasn’t attended a game at Stamford Bridge for months.
The last home game Abramovich attended was when Chelsea drew 1–1 with Man Utd at Stamford Bridge in November 2021.
The Blues owner was then seen celebrating when his side became world champions in Abu Dhabi on February 12 this year.
The billionaire was seen smiling holding the World Cup as Chelsea won 2–1 against Palmeiras.
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries speaks to the Premier League and Chelsea today – who only found out at 9am today.
She said: “Football clubs are cultural assets and the foundation of our communities. We are committed to protecting them.”
Sources have said it is vital that Chelsea continue to operate as the whole Premier League will crumble if they shut down.