Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has received an apology from HarperCollins and Catherine Belton as they claimed in their book that he had bought the club on orders from Russian President Vladimir Putin. HarperCollins confirmed the settlement after the book made nine defamatory statements against Abramovic. The publisher has amended the book and will make a charitable donation to make up for the damages.
“We are pleased that HarperCollins and the author have apologized to Mr. Abramovich and amended the book, removing several false claims about him,” a spokesperson for Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich said. “These statements lacked evidence and were indeed false. This follows the English High Court’s determination that the book did indeed include several defamatory claims about Mr Abramovich. In total, amendments resulting in the deletion or addition of over 1,700 words have been agreed upon. As Mr. Abramovich stated when issuing his claim earlier this year, its sole purpose was to refute the false allegations published regarding his name and have them corrected, including the false statements made about the nature of the purchase and activities of Chelsea Football Club.”
“In contrast to events relayed in the book, Mr. Abramovich’s ambition with Chelsea Football Club has always been clear and transparent: to create world-class teams on the pitch and to ensure the club plays a positive role in all of its communities.” the spokesperson added. “The club’s successes and activities over the years speak for themselves, including the trophies won, expansion of the Chelsea academy, development of the women’s team, and the Chelsea Foundation becoming the largest charitable organization within the Premier League.”