Chelsea’s home game against Newcastle United last Sunday was certainly not a contest “to warm the hearts of romantics”, David Hytner said in Guardians. It is playing against a club owned by a Russian oligarch with close ties to Vladimir Putin – and now effectively run by the UK Government – with another club, since May. 10, owned by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia. So perhaps unsurprisingly, it proved to be a bit of “annoying and uncomfortable”, as Chelsea “worked all afternoon” before a stunning Kai Havertz strike in the final minutes. finally broke the deadlock. There’s a “nance of Dennis Bergkamp” in the way the German cushions the ball past Jorginho’s overpass and hits Martin Dubravka in the net. It’s a reminder of the quality that exists in Thomas Tuchel’s squad – and it has given the Blues their “fifth Premier League win”.
It’s surprising, indeed, that Chelsea have done so well on the pitch, with the drama going, Alyson Rudd said in Time. Oligarchy Roman Abramovich has poured money into the club since he bought it back in 2003; but a few days after Russia invaded Ukraine, he put it up for sale for £3 billion. Then on 10 March, the sale was suspended when the UK Government issued it punishment against him. Under a special license, Chelsea were allowed to continue playing, but had to stop all revenue-generating activities, including selling new tickets for home matches and renegotiating player contracts. . When faced with the prospect of the team coming up against Lille in the Champions League and Middlesbrough in the FA Cup, Tuchel joked that if his team can’t get the plane, “we’ll go by train”, adding “if not by bus; otherwise I will drive a seven-seater”.
To assuage some concerns that these restrictions will force the club into regulation, the Government issued a second license this week, adjusting some of the terms of its predecessor and allowing the sale of the club. series is continued, Matt Law said in Daily telegram. Several parties are believed to be interested in the sale, among them British property magnate Nick Candy, and a consortium led by American businessman Todd Boehly. And so Abramovich’s 19-year relationship with Chelsea really seems to be coming to an end, Jonathan Liew said in New Statesman. The “official story” of that relationship is that it was never based on money or self-interest: Abramovich insists he was drawn to Chelsea by “pure passion for the game and the club”. However, when bombs fell on Ukraine, it seemed for the first time to be able to see – why a man whose wealth depends on connections to the Kremlin might want to invest billions of dollars in a football club. The truth is that Chelsea and Abramovich have “locked each other up in a kind of Faustian pact” – a pact that gives the club “titles and influence”, while also bringing prestige and respect to the Russians. , a “pathway into the British establishment”, and – perhaps most importantly – a “visibility that shielded him from the kinds of political revenge that had been accessed by so many fellow oligarchs”. his career”.
Given this polluted backdrop, one can expect some display of humility from the Chelsea fans gathered at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, Oliver Brown said in Daily telegram. However, it is the “selective myopia” caused by their tribalism, that they are almost free of myopia. “European champions, we know what we are,” they exclaimed. “We feel bad for the Ukrainian people,” said one fan, “but why should we suffer when it has nothing to do with us?” Nor were such sentiments of protest limited to parts of the Chelsea crowd. “Chelsea football team and rich team,” sang Newcastle fans spilled out onto Fulham Street. Their team, lest we forget, is owned by a fund chaired by Mohammed bin Salman, whose regime is “causing untold destruction to neighboring Yemen”, and last Saturday , “used the cover of carnage in Ukraine to execute 81 people in a single day”. Although the Government’s move against Abramovich is welcome, it “doesn’t mean they can or even want to.” do anything about Newcastle’s connection to Bin Salman.” That was the “tangled web of the night” that English football found in 2022. Decades of “happy acceptance of lost money” pollution, now English football has fallen into a moral maze with no way out.
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