Chelsea supporters are urged by the Government NOT to chant Roman Abramovich songs during Premier League clash with Newcastle as they are warned sanctions ‘are on those who have provided support to the brutal assault on Ukraine’
- Chelsea fans urged by the Government not to chant Roman Abramovich’s name
- Blues fans sung their owner’s name during visit to Carrow Road last week
- Amid recent sanctions, Chelsea owner Abramovich has had his assets frozen
- Chelsea take on Newcastle in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon
Chelsea supporters have been urged by the Government to refrain from chorusing their support for Roman Abramovich during Sunday’s Premier League match against Newcastle.
Fans chanted Abramovich’s name during Chelsea’s win at Norwich on Thursday, the same day his UK assets were frozen due to his close links to Vladimir Putin.
‘I understand why Chelsea fans have some affection for him,’ said technology minister Chris Philp.
Chelsea fans have been urged by the Government to not chant Roman Abramovich’s name
‘But the regime he is associated with is committing atrocities more important than football.
So I would ask them to think very carefully before doing that again. The barbaric acts of the Putin regime which Abramovich has supported is far more important than football.’
The Prime Minister’s spokesman added: ‘It’s important to remember these sanctions are on those who have provided support to the brutal assault on Ukraine.’
Roman Abramovich was sanctioned on Thursday due to his tie’s to Vladimir Putin
Chelsea Supporters’ Trust have told fans to back the players but haven’t asked them to stop singing in support of Abramovich.
The sanctions may also force the women’s team to play an FA Cup semi-final behind closed doors.
Season-ticket holders aren’t covered for the semi-finals and should they progress and be drawn at home, fans won’t be able to attend.
The club have been banned from selling tickets or merchandise for the foreseeable future.