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Chelsea football club played against Newcastle last Sunday in their full-fledged London stadium. From now on, the same sanctions imposed by the United Kingdom will be applied to its owner, the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, one of the oligarchs considered closest to President Vladimir Putin. Among other banned things, Chelsea will no longer be able to sell tickets for matches, which from now on only season ticket holders will be able to go.
The sales ban also applies to away matches, and for this reason Chelsea he asked at Middlesbrough, second division team and their next opponent in the FA Cup, to close their stadium to the public for Saturday’s game, as a matter of sporting integrity. Middlesbrough were quite surprised by the request, as we read in the press release published by the company: “We believe the suggestion is bizarre and nonsensical. We are aware of the reasons why Chelsea have been sanctioned but this has nothing to do with Middlesbrough. Our fans should not be penalized, it would be unfair and groundless ».
Shortly thereafter came the reaction of Middlesbrough owner Steve Gibson, who said: “Chelsea and sporting integrity cannot be in the same sentence.” Gibson then defined the trophies Chelsea won in twenty years “coming from Abramovich’s corrupt money”, who was kicked out of football “as Bruce Buck should be kicked out”, the current president of Chelsea.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel spoke earlier this week about the consequences of the sanctions on the team. Ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League game in Lille, France, he said at a press conference: «We should be able to get to and from the plane. Otherwise we will go by train, or by bus, or I’ll drive a minibus ». From now on, the team will only be able to travel at a cost of less than 20,000 pounds, half of what is normally necessary.