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Club owner and Russian oligarch Abramovich was added to the United Kingdom’s list of sanctioned individuals on Thursday in the wake of Vladimir Putin‘s invasion of Ukraine.
The decision prevents the 55-year-old from selling the Blues despite him announcing his intention to do so at the start of March.
It also prohibits Chelsea from selling merchandise from their shops, selling new tickets or signing players.
The club is operating under strict regulations as part of their special sporting licence but the impact of the sanctions is far-reaching and they have seen their £40million-per-season deal with telecommunications giant Three suspended.
In a fresh blow on Friday evening, Barclays temporarily suspended Chelsea’s bank accounts while they inspect the sporting license.
The Blues hope the restrictions will not be imposed for long, while they are also engaged in talks with government officials over the nature of their license to continue football-related activities.
In a statement responding to Abramovich being sanctioned, the West Londoners said: “Chelsea Football Club has been advised that its owner Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned by the UK Government.
“By virtue of his 100 per cent ownership of Chelsea FC plc and affiliated entities, Chelsea FC would normally be subject to the same sanctions regime as Mr Abramovich.
“However, the UK Government has issued a general licence that permits Chelsea FC to continue certain activities.
“We will fulfil our men’s and women’s team fixtures today against Norwich and West Ham, respectively, and intend to engage in discussions with the UK Government regarding the scope of the licence.
“This will include seeking permission for the licence to be amended in order to allow the Club to operate as normal as possible.
“We will also be seeking guidance from the UK Government on the impact of these measures on the Chelsea Foundation and its important work in our communities.
“The Club will update further when it is appropriate to do so.”