The Chelsea Supporters Trust believes that fans are being punished and has called on the government to make changes to the special license. The main drawback is that fans have not been allowed to buy tickets for home games in the Premier League. Chelsea was put up for sale by Roman Abramovich after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He could not complete the sale before he was sanctioned by the government with his assets frozen.
“We welcome the announcement made by Chelsea with regard to ticket sales as a step in the right direction. However, we still believe further amends must be made to the special license so as not to punish supporters,” the Chelsea Supporters Trust said in a statement. “Since our meeting with the Sports Minister, Nigel Huddleston MP & DCMS officials on 10th March, the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust has written to the Minister more than once, including calling for: their support for the implementation of the recommendations of the Fan Led Review in any sale of Chelsea FC, including a golden share for fans; the Government to work with Chelsea FC to ensure that supporters are not punished and allow members to buy tickets for all games for the rest of the season.”
“The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust is deeply disappointed that we are yet to receive any response from the Sports Minister, Nigel Huddleston on these pressing issues,” the statement added. “During our meeting, he assured Chelsea supporters, that “fans should not be punished” – we, therefore, call upon the Government to provide clarity and rectify this situation with regard to ticketing as a matter of urgency. The Government must also note the impact the terms of the special license have had on dozens of ordinary people’s livelihoods & local businesses who have lost work as a result.”