In the debate over club owner Roman Abramovich at Champions League-winning FC Chelsea after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Russian oligarch has drawn consequences.
“I have given the trustees of the Chelsea Charitable Foundation the responsibility and care of Chelsea FC,” the billionaire businessman said in a statement on the English club world champions’ website on Saturday night.
Abramovich with a clear message
The day before manager Thomas Tuchel’s team’s League Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday against Liverpool, it was unclear whether Abramovich would retire permanently or only temporarily from the Blues’ operating business. National players Kai Havertz, Antonio Rüdiger and Timo Werner are also under contract with the London club.
“In my nearly 20 years as owner of Chelsea FC, I have always seen my role as the custodian of the club, whose job it is to ensure we are as successful as possible today, while also planning for the future and also playing a positive role in the future. society. I have always made decisions in the best interest of the club. I remain committed to these values,” Abramovich explained his decision and reinforced confidence in the selected trustees: “I think they are currently the best capable of looking after the interests of the club, of the players, the squad and the fans”.
Tuchel with appeal
Even before Abramovich’s remarks, Tuchel had acknowledged the impact of the donor debate on the club. “We must not pretend that this is not a problem. The situation for me and my coaching staff, the players is terrible,” said the German coach.
It brings a lot of “uncertainty” for the club, Tuchel said, “but it’s much worse for the people who are really affected. Our best wishes, our thoughts are with them, that’s the most important thing.” After the invasion of Russian troops in Ukraine, not only the owners of the Chelsea club were discussed in the British Parliament.
Abramovich threatened with sanctions
Abramovich is one of numerous oligarchs and companies facing sanctions. It has already been proposed in Parliament to freeze his accounts and confiscate properties, including Chelsea.
Tuchel had not previously gone into more detail on the situation at Stamford Bridge: “There are so many uncertainties surrounding our club and the situation in Great Britain that there is no point in me commenting on this.” However, he admitted that the overall situation masked “our thoughts” and “anticipation for the final.”
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