Barclays freezes Chelsea bank account
As reported by Sky Sport News, chelseaThe bank account has been temporarily suspended by Barclays Bank, main sponsor of the English Premier League, following the British government’s choice to freeze Roman Abramovich’s assets after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The choice would depend on how long it would take the bank to review the license granted to the club to continue football-related activities. Chelsea’s business credit cards have also been suspended. Abramovich had been sanctioned with an asset freeze, a ban on transactions with British individuals and companies, travel bans and transport penalties.
The British government is considering changing some of the restrictions imposed so that Chelsea can continue their football activities.
In the next few days, the offer of the British real estate entrepreneur Nick Candy for the purchase of the club is expected. The 49-year-old billionaire and Chelsea fan is working with a number of US-based investors to put together a consortium bid for the Stamford Bridge club.
Roman Abramovic leaves Chelsea due to Ukraine war
In the summer of 2003, Roman Abramovic bought Chelsea Football Club for £60 million; since then, thanks to huge investments of money to recruit players and coaches, the London club began a new era of success, winning the Premier League in the 2004-2005 season, exactly 50 years after the last title national won, then repeating itself the following year.
On May 19, 2012, Chelsea won the first Champions League in its history, thanks to victory against Bayern Munich on penalties. He managed to repeat himself in 2021, winning 1-0 against Manchester City thanks to a goal from Kai Havertz.
In total, under his leadership, Chelsea won 22 official trophies. Since the summer of 2008, it seems to have lost a large part of its capital on the stock market following the great financial crisis, out of the twenty-three and a half billion dollars previously estimated, there is even talk of a loss of twenty.
For this reason, many people believed that the Russian billionaire intended to sell Chelsea to some prominent figures in the United Arab Emirates, similar to what had happened months before at Manchester City: however, the denial from the boss immediately arrived, against whom I also filed a complaint. the authors of the article published in the English journal.
On February 24, 2022, due to the war between Russia and Ukraine, his account in the coffers of the English club was blocked. Faced with the impossibility of properly exercising his functions within the company, he was forced the next day to sell it to the charitable foundation of the same London club.
Now Abramovich has announced his decision to leave the management of Chelsea, English Premier League clubs from the namesake borough of London, holders of the UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup. The decision stems from the political instability generated by the invasion of Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, in Ukraine and the possible consequences on Russian properties in Europe.
British Labor MP Chris Bryant has also called for harsh penalties to be imposed on the Blues boss. In a note, Abramovic said: “In my nearly 20 years of ownership of Chelsea FC, I have always considered my role as the club’s caretaker, whose job it is to ensure the greatest success we can have. today, as well as building for the future.
and at the same time play a positive role in our communities. I have always made decisions with the interest of the Club at heart. I remain true to these values. That is why today I entrust the trustees of the Chelsea Charitable Foundation with the management and upkeep of Chelsea FC.
I think they are currently in the best position to defend the interests of the club, the players, the staff and the supporters. ”