Former Manchester City and England defender Micah Richards reacts to Roman Abramovich’s statement relinquishing ‘management and care’ of Chelsea Football Club
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Former England defender Micah Richards has accused Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich of sending a message “almost written in code” of being Russian announced his future plans in west London.
Abramovich has pledged to put “management and care” of the club in the hands of his charity, prompting broadcaster Piers Morgan to urges 55-year-olds to “denunciate war loudly and clearly”.
Statement from Chelsea owner, delivered less than 24 hours before Chelsea’s Carabao Cup final meeting with Liverpoolwas read in the Sky Sports studio when reporting on Manchester City Premier League meet with Everton.
Richards addressed the game as an expert, and the former defender has called for more clarification on a claim he suggested didn’t go far enough.
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“I always make decisions in the best interest of the Club.” Abramovich said.
“I remain committed to these values. That is why today I am giving the trustees of the Chelsea Charity the right to manage and care for Chelsea FC.
“I believe they are now in the best position to look after the interests of the Club, the players, the staff and the fans.”
Upon hearing the statement, Richards asked, “Do we need more than that?”
“After the last few days and just saying you’re giving it to charity, I think it’s pathetic,” he said.
“There are so many questions to be asked, to make such a statement. What does it even mean?
“It’s almost written in code, we don’t want to tell you what’s going on, you read this and pick the bones and figure out what it means.”
Richards, who has spent most of his playing career with City of Manchesterspoke after watching current Man City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko embrace his colleague Ukraine international Vitalii Mykolenko before the pair hit the field.
“You realize what the context of real life is like when you see what’s been happening in the last few days in Ukraine,” Richards said.
“It breaks my heart when I see those pictures, I don’t play with Zinchenko, but I still go to the club and he is such a happy lad. Seeing him crying there by the side of the pitch made me melt. broken heart.
“It’s okay. We’ll go home tonight, sleep in a comfy bed and have all the support we need, but there are people in Ukraine who don’t even know what they’re going to do tomorrow.
“Football is secondary when these things happen, and I find it difficult today to start working and thinking about these things.
“I just hope it can work out. Sooner than later, because. Watch the scenes and watch the news, and it’s disgusting… it really breaks my heart.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/micah-richards-roman-abramovich-chelsea-26338958 Micah Richards criticizes Roman Abramovich for Chelsea's 'bad' claim 'written in code'