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16th Mar 2022

Chelsea to play Champions League home games behind closed doors

Callum Boyle

The decision has been made as a result of the fresh sanctions imposed on Roman Abramovich

Chelsea have been told that they will have to play any Champions League games behind closed doors as a result of fresh EU sanctions imposed against Roman Abramovich.

The outgoing Chelsea owner was added to the list of individuals who have had their assets frozen and a travel ban inflicted for their roles in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

According to The Athletic, should the Blues advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions League against Lille on Wednesday night, the reigning European Champions will be forced to play the next home leg of their tie without fans.

Under the license gifted to the club by the UK government, season ticket holders are still allowed to attend fixtures, however that does not include European games.

A statement from a UEFA reads: “UEFA is fully committed to always implementing relevant EU and international sanctions.

“Our understanding is that the present case is assessed in the context of the license issued in the UK, which allows Chelsea FC to continue minimum football activity while providing a safeguard that no financial gain will result for Mr Abramovich.

“We will work with the EU and relevant member states to ensure we have full clarity and remain in lockstep with all relevant and applicable measures in line with latest developments.

“UEFA will keep on working closely with, and support, the players, staff and fans of Chelsea during these difficult times to allow them to represent their colours on the pitch.”

Chelsea withdrew their request to play their FA Cup quarter-final against Middlesbrough behind closed doors this weekend on Tuesday after they received huge backlash, including from an unnamed senior government source and Middlesbrough chairman, Steve Gibson.

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