There have been bad days in Chelsea’s history, most of which came last month, and earlier this week, when Roman Abramovich was punished for his involvement with the man who plagued the lives of millions of Ukrainians. . , it’s hard to think how bad it could be for the club.
until, they find a way. The decision to apply to the FA so that the club’s quarter-final against Middlesbrough be played behind closed doors – without informing Middlesbrough – was a mistake of judgment that sought to take over victims where it could not be. have been. In the broader picture of death and displacement, it reveals a lack of sense of self on an epic scale. That a club has to face the fact that owners affiliated with Vladimir Putin are struggling to accept its new position in the order of things.
By the end of the day, the request to the CHNC was withdrawn, but the damage was done. An imperfect future is something Chelsea must accept for now and if that means accepting the terms of the government sanctions, even if the windings are a bit too tight, then yes. be like that. It is one thing to draw the ire of the opposition club president, quite another the confidence of their own supporters to urge an immediate change of heart.
Being banned, under the sanctions, from selling tickets to Chelsea’s away cup matches is a disappointment. So it is over time that the UK government is issuing new permits. But this is a club that has only just begun the process of shuffling ownership whose last light only came on six days ago. There will be more difficult conversations to come, with Premier League rivals, European colleagues and others directly affected by the Russian invasion. It will take years to assemble the pieces of Abramovich’s years and his sudden departure.
There will come a time when Chelsea’s new ownership and those who have done their best for the club will be obliged to push back against some of the accusations that have been raised on the doorstep. The sale or otherwise of 4,620 tickets for the FA Cup kick-off at 5.15pm on Saturday on Teesside without any fan being able to head back to London from the train? Not that moment.
The surest solution to the crisis comes from Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel. Where would they be without him? Tuchel answered a question about Abramovich’s relationship with Putin even before the Russian owner made the decision to fail to put it into management.
Tuchel has offered to drive the team bus to games if needed. He refused to feel difficult by putting the Ukrainian people and their suffering first and showing a common sense of cheerfulness.
Indeed, some might say that Tuchel played a hand as hard as he could get. As for the rest of them, it’s hard to say. We have yet to hear back from Bruce Buck, the president, on any significant matters. Former player Graeme Le Saux described Chelsea’s place in the FA Cup as the “most embarrassing” statement he can recall from the club. It comes at a time when they are virtually infallible.
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