UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called on the Chelsea fans to stop the inappropriate chanting of Roman Abramovich’s name during their Premier League games. The Blues fans backed their owner during their 1-0 win over Newcastle despite the fact that he was sanctioned by the UK government following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. All his assets have been frozen with the club running under a special license which does not allow them to generate any revenue.
“We recognize the strength of feeling around people’s clubs but that does not excuse behavior which is completely inappropriate at this time,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said about Chelsea fans. “I think people can show passion and support for their club without resorting to that sort of stuff. We are open to the sale of the club, we would consider an application for a license to allow that to happen in the right circumstances. But it is for Chelsea to determine the exact process. My understanding is potential buyers would approach the club, who would then need to apply for a further amended license to facilitate the sale. As far as I’m aware that hasn’t happened at this point.”
“We are pressing the Government to allow our supporters to have access to tickets,” the club statement said. “Meetings are taking place daily in search of a resolution. In addition, the Premier League and FA are also discussing with the Government the sporting integrity issues raised if they do not permit fans to attend. We are aware of the high level of frustration our supporters are facing over this issue, and we are doing everything we can to resolve it as soon as possible. One hundred percent [the fans need to be included in ownership] and they should be involved. Both on the board and economically.”