Russia-Ukraine conflict: what is the risk for Chelsea and its owner Roman Abramovich?

Continuation after this promotion The concern reigns on the side of Chelsea! Although Vladimir Putin recently ordered his troops to enter Ukrainian territory, the current third in the Premier League is directly affected by this geopolitical order, which currently affects the whole of Europe. The reason? Its owner is Roman Abramovich. The 55-year-old oligarch could be significantly weakened by the British parliament’s target of maintaining ties with the Russian state and “publicly associating it with corrupt practices and practices,” according to The Times. In light of this, Labor MP Chris Bryant took advantage of parliamentary privilege to demand that a Russian Blues billionaire could no longer own Chelsea until he condemned the invasion of Ukraine, urging fans and players elsewhere to join the protests: “People should show up in other Chelsea in a match with the flags of Ukraine to show their solidarity with the people of Ukraine “. The situation, which then directly affected the last winner of the Champions League and is not worrying for his coach Thomas Tuchel, who attended a press conference this Friday, and at 5.30pm on Sunday. will meet Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final. “It simply came to our notice then. The situation in general, for me and my staff, for all the players at Cobham (Club Training Center, ed. Note), is horrible. No one expected that. It’s unreal, as I said, it disrupts our mood, obscures our excitement as we approach the finals. I think the situation is too big and it is not an isolated situation somewhere. It is about Europe, it is about Europe and we are part of Europe. We can’t say let’s leave that aside. The opposite is true, “said the former PSG coach, who acknowledged that his group was severely disturbed by the current context. But what does Chelsea really risk? Chelsea is facing a terrible bankruptcy? Definitely the worst if we expect the latest information from The Times. As ministers were urged to seize or freeze Abramovich’s assets in the UK, the Blues businessman could in turn demand that Chelsea return $ 1.5 billion to him. oligarch) in order to respond to any sanctions imposed by the British government. The scenario is so far speculative, but could in particular explain the current concerns expressed by Thomas Tuchel. A terrible result that would have plunged Chelsea into complete bankruptcy if Abramovich had used the club as leverage against fines. “If he feels he has become a scapegoat for Putin’s activities, then the worst-case scenario is that he is trying to borrow. Then we have a crisis. He and Putin could argue that it was the British government that destroyed the Chelsea football club. But I suspect the government won’t want to upset football fans because we have a populist government, “said Kieran Maguire, a professor of football finance at the University of Liverpool. A nightmare scenario that is hard to imagine at the moment, but which doesn’t stop the first lusts from igniting. In this sense, the British media reveal that potential new owners have already considered a bid if the Blues ended catastrophically. Among those potentially interested are Sir Jim Ratcliffe, President of Ineos and CEO of OGC Nice. The Times even states that Monaco has already inquired, but was quickly deterred by the price. Chelsea is unlikely to be breathless for the next few weeks. To calm things down, Abramovich has just announced this Saturday that he is delegating the management and supervision of the club to the Blues Foundation for the time being.
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