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Chelsea fans demand to stop chanting Roman Abramovich’s name in Downing Street

The Prime Minister’s spokesman said Chelsea fans must stop chanting the name of Russian owner Roman Abramovich “totally inappropriate”.

Lues supporters once again expressed their support for Abramovich during his home game against Newcastle on Sunday, after he was sanctioned by the British Government last week for his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Abramovich’s assets have been frozen, with Chelsea granted a special license allowing them to operate but are unable to generate new revenue.

The billionaire has brought Chelsea unprecedented success since he bought the club in 2003, but official spokesman Boris Johnson insists supporters should not be blinded by the association. of Abramovich with the leader of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“We recognize the power of feeling around people’s clubs but that doesn’t excuse completely inappropriate behavior at this time,” he said.

“I think people can show passion and support for their club without resorting to those things.”

The government has said it remains “open” for the sale of Chelsea but will need a new application to authorize the sale. So far, the spokesman said, the club has not applied to change its particularly strict license.

“We are ready to sell the club, we will review the license application to allow that to happen under the right circumstances,” the spokesman said.

“But it is up to Chelsea to determine the exact process. My understanding is that potential buyers will approach the club, who will then have to apply for a further modified license to facilitate the sale.

“As far as I know that hasn’t happened at this point.”

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Roman Abramovich stated before the imposition of sanctions that he had no intention of profiting from the sale of Chelsea (Adam Davy/PA)

Abramovich first put the club up for sale on March 2 and a number of interested parties are said to remain in the bracket despite the imposition of sanctions.

These include British billionaire Nick Candy, a consortium that includes Todd Boehly, owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss, plus the interest of former Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton.

The government will oversee the sale to ensure it doesn’t benefit Abramovich, with New York commercial bank Raine Corporation handling the sale.

Downing Street does not rule out that the hotel at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge is being used to house Ukrainian refugees.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “We would certainly like to see that wherever that is possible (used), we are open to all options.”

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