Chelsea ‘can still function’ but can’t sell tickets or be sold after sanctions

Chelsea have been allowed to continue their day-to-day running but can't sell tickets and the club cannot be sold after new sanctions from the UK government.

Blues owner Roman Abramovich is one of seven Russian oligarchs who have had their assets frozen in a clamp down by the Foreign Office following the continued invasion of Ukraine.

The billionaire had placed the club up for sale but he is no longer able to proceed on that basis.

There are also major impacts for Chelsea and their fans as they have been prevented from selling tickets from this point forward.

That means only season ticket holders will be able to attend games for the foreseeable future.

What's more, the Stamford Bridge hierarchy will not be able to sign players, hand out new contracts or make merchandise sales.

That means Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta will be walking away at the end of their deals in the summer as it stands.

Saul Niguez will also depart at the end of his loan, while Charly Musonda will see his contract expire too.

Chelsea will be able to spend money on 'reasonable costs' of running a football club, but not exceeding the value of £500,000 per fixture.

In the UK government press release it was explained that a special licence had been administered to Chelsea.

It read: "Given the significant impact that today's sanctions would have on Chelsea football club and the potential knock on effects of this, the Government has this morning published a licence which authorises a number of football-related activities to continue at Chelsea.

"This includes permissions for the club to continue playing matches and other football related activity which will in turn protect the Premier League, the wider football pyramid, loyal fans and other clubs.

"This licence will only allow certain explicitly named actions to ensure the designated individual is not able to circumvent UK sanctions.

"The licence will be kept under constant review and we will work closely with the football authorities."

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