Chelsea shut club shop after strict sanctions stop them selling any merchandise

Chelsea will not be able to sell any merchandise under the new sanctions placed on the club and Roman Abramovich.

Abramovich was added to the UK sanctions list on Thursday morning due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The Blues' club shop at Stamford Bridge remained open until 11am, before it shut its doors, while Chelsea's online store is still up.

Chelsea's online ticket store is currently down for scheduled maintenance – with the Blues also prohibited to sell tickets.

A sign on the door of the club shop read: "Due to the latest Government announcement this store will be closed today until further notice."

A statement from the government 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.

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

Chelsea's match with Norwich on Thursday is still scheduled to go ahead.

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