Since it was reported that Roman Abramovich had transferred the ‘management and care’ of Chelsea Football Club, Gary Neville has voiced his criticism of the Russian businessman.
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Football pundit and former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has continued his criticism Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich for giving up the ‘management and care rights’ of the Blues to the club’s charity.
The decision comes after calls for the 55-year-old to be banned from owning Stamford Bridge jerseys due to links to the chairman of the club. Russia, Vladimir Putinwho was behind their invasion Ukraine.
Abramovich did not make it clear whether he supported Putin’s decisions, although his silence led many to believe they would draw their own conclusions.
Chelsea released a statement on Saturday about the ‘changes’ in ownership, but Neville has voiced that he does not think the change is fair to the trustees, nor does believes that Abramovich will give up in the near future.
He tweeted on Monday morning: “The Trustees didn’t sign up to be used as shields! They want to support Chelsea’s efforts in the community. Poor thing from Abramovich and whoever mentored him.”
Neville was then asked what he should do and if he should sacrifice the club, to which he replied: “No. Say I own the club, I’m Russian and I’m proud of that. Don’t try to trick us with some trustee crap. He is the sole owner of Chelsea and nothing has changed with his statement.
Another was asked why Abramovich should lose ownership of Chelsea because of his nationality, to which Neville replied: “I’m not saying he should. I say don’t throw hospital cards at your charity’s ‘trustees’ who didn’t sign up to be used as a shield protecting the club hierarchy. “
One user then said, “Looks like the trustees have hired you as their attorney,” to which Neville replied, “I’ve met a few of them and I can’t believe they’ll be happy with this a little bit.”
On paper, Abramovich has released himself from power at the club, now with a handful of people taking control at Stamford Bridge.
Club chairman Bruce Buck, sports lawyer John Devine, women’s team manager Emma Hayes, chief financial officer Paul Ramos, former Kick It Out executive Piara Powar and politician Sir Hugh Robertson form the six committees. member at the club.
But Neville has previously spoken about how he thinks it is cowardly to ‘throw’ the care of the club into their hands.
He told Sky Sports: “One of the smartest things that I think Roman Abramovich has done in the last 20 years is not to speak, not to make a statement because his statement leaves a question then an answer. .
“In fact, if anything I think it’s a cowardly approach to throw hospital tickets at the good guys on the charities and foundations while he obviously runs the club with Marina and Petr Cech in terms of football.
“The owners of the top six clubs are isolated from reality. They thought they could put a clever PR team around them and trick us with fancy words but unfortunately it didn’t work and, no, there’s no way the Chelsea charity is running the club. ministry and I’m not sure why Roman Abramovich made such a statement.
Neville added: “If he wants to make any statements it’s whether he supports the war in Ukraine or whether he actually doesn’t support the war in Ukraine.
It remains to be seen whether Chelsea or Abramovich will issue another statement on the ongoing war in Ukraine or if they stay silent in the hope of staying out of the limelight.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/gary-neville-roman-abramovich-chelsea-26345610 Gary Neville continues another Roman Abramovich quote as he slams the Chelsea trustee as 'trash'