‘I’m a Chelsea fan and football is my escapism – that feeling is gone for me now’

Chelsea fans have shared the impact sanctions imposed on club owner Roman Abramovich will apply to them, arguing that ticket restrictions will ruin the ‘escapism’ they receive get from football

Chelsea fans raise the Ukrainian flag during the Carabao Cup Final between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on February 27, 2022 in London,
Chelsea fans have shared how they feel the restrictions will affect them (stock image)

Today, the UK government announced further sanctions against individuals with links to the Russian Government.

The list includes Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich and as a result Chelsea are facing some serious restrictions.

Culture secretary Nadine Dorries said the club had been granted a special license to allow the making of fixtures, salaried staff and match ticket holders.

However, Chelsea have been stopped from selling any new tickets and the club’s shop has closed.

The club will also be banned from transferring and prevented from negotiating new contracts with existing players.

While the sanctions are expected to expire on May 30, there’s still a chance they could be extended, leaving football fans without tickets to any of the upcoming matches feeling a bit overwhelmed. feel quite uncomfortable.

One Chelsea fan shared his thoughts on this to The Mirror, saying he believes the sanctions were the “right decision” but they have taken away “footballism” from him. that.

Matt Peacock loves going to Chelsea games with his family


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Matt Peacock, now at a PR agency in London, said: “My family and I usually attend four or five games a season, from this season’s FA Cup final to pre-season friendlies. , and it’s always been a bonding experience. , whether we’re winning titles or losing finals, and the chance to catch up now I’ve moved out.

“It’s a part of my life that I can’t remember so going to the stadium always brings back great memories and the feeling of walking into Stamford Bridge with 40,000 fans never gets old.

“The news of the sanctions against Roman Abramovich is not a big surprise but it has to be done because of his connection to Putin and the atrocities taking place in Ukraine.

“Although the feeling of escapism I get from watching the games will be gone, and I don’t know if I will be able to play next time, it was the right decision and it could be worse. much more. I feel sorry for the Chelsea club workers, who must be feeling extremely anxious about their jobs and their futures.”

Matt Peacock loves going to Chelsea games with his family


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The 25-year-old continued: “Under Abramovich we have won every trophy available to us so I have the honor to watch some of the great teams and games while fans of the teams Other historic balls have seen their clubs fold, so now is the right time to sever ties and try to look ahead, but it’s tough right now.”

And Matt isn’t the only one feeling this loss of escapism, on Twitter, fans have shared how detrimental the move can be to their mental health.

One user named Manish insisted there were “dark days ahead” for fans, writing: “I’m so happy to experience us winning the Champions League for the last time. It was one of those days. the best of my life. Chelsea has been a huge part of my life and also to my mental health. REALLY dark days ahead.”

Similarly, Dave posted: “All my life I’ve had to battle with mental health issues that I never really talk about, one of the things that gives me a break is being a fan amazing @ChelseaFC fan. This morning I sat in tears thinking I might never see my team again… so heartbreaking.”

While Tom wrote: “Honestly, I’m speechless. Call me a washed sport or whatever, football is where I find peace and joy. Chelsea by Roman Abramovich I’m heartbroken Thank you “I’m so grateful and I’m sure all the Chelsea fans are too.”

Chelsea have since shared a statement outlining what happens next for the club.

It read: “Chelsea Football Club has been informed that its owner Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned by the UK Government.

“Thanks to 100% ownership of Chelsea FC plc and its affiliates, Chelsea FC would normally be subject to the same sanctions regime as Mr Abramovich.

“However, the UK Government has issued a general license allowing Chelsea FC to continue certain activities.

“We will complete our men’s and women’s team matches today against Norwich and West Ham, and plan to enter into discussions with the UK Government regarding the scope of the licence.

“This will include obtaining permission to amend the license to allow the Club to operate as normally as possible.

“We will also seek guidance from the UK Government on the impact of these measures on the Chelsea Foundation and its important work in our community.

“The club will update further as it sees fit.”

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