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05th Mar 2022

Thomas Tuchel hits out at Chelsea fans following Roman Abramovich chants

Callum Boyle

Chelsea fans could be heard singing their support for Abramovich

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has criticised the club’s supporters after they were heard chanting the name of outgoing owner Roman Abramovich.

The supporters who had travelled to Turf Moor to see their side face Burnley were heard singing about the Russian oligarch during a minute’s applause in which those inside the stadium joined together for a moment of solidarity for Ukraine.

After almost two decades of ownership at Stamford Bridge, Abramovich announced his intentions to sell the club in response to the threat of sanctions imposed against him given his alleged close ties to president Vladimir Putin as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In the past, Tuchel has been reluctant to answer questions discussing the future of Abramovich, but expressed his disappointment at hearing the chants from the away support, insisting that it wasn’t the right moment to do so.

Speaking at his post-match conference he said: “It’s not the moment to do this.

“Listen, if we show solidarity we show solidarity and do it together. We take the knee together and if an important person from our club or another club unfortunately dies, we show a minute of respect.

“It’s not the moment to give other messages. It’s the moment to show respect.

“We need to do this because this is what we are also as a club. We show respect as a club and we need our fans to commit to this minute of applause.

“At this moment we do it for Ukraine and there is no second opinion about the situation there. They have our thoughts and our support.

“We should stand together as a club. It’s not the moment for other messages.”

Chelsea went on to win the game 4-0 after four second-half goals, including a brace from Kai Havertz, to return to winning ways.

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