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Chelsea Call For All Fans To Be Banned From FA Cup Match

Chelsea Call For All Fans To Be Banned From FA Cup Match

Chelsea have requested the Football Association (FA) board to have their FA Cup quarter-final against Middlesbrough on Saturday to be played behind closed doors “for matters of sporting integrity”.

The European champions had asked the UK Government to be allowed their full allocation of 4 500 tickets at the Riverside Stadium, but the request was turned down.

Chelsea were barred from selling tickets to their fans after their owner, Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK Government for alleged links to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian state.

The London club said the ban on ticket sales will lead to financial difficulties and they are upset that the Government have not responded to their pleas.

Chelsea were also exasperated that their plea to give away tickets for the Middlesbrough game for free did not receive a response from the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI). A Chelsea statement said:

It is with extreme reluctance that we are asking the FA board to direct that the game be played behind closed doors for matters of sporting integrity.

Chelsea FC recognises that such an outcome would have a huge impact on Middlesbrough and its supporters, as well as our own fans who have already bought the limited number of tickets that were sold before the licence was imposed, but we believe this is the fairest way of proceeding in the current circumstances.

We will continue to discuss the issue of ticket sales with OFSI as there are a number of fixtures still to be played this season and we hope to reach a resolution.

More: The Guardian

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15 Comments

shadreck 3 months ago

l support you Roman Putin


Captain Jack Sparrow 3 months ago

By business law ethics Ibramavovich and Cheasea are two different entities, sanctions on Ibramavovich shouldnt affect the club...


Machiavelli 3 months ago

@Captain Jack, Ibrahimovic is a Director and 100% shareholder of Chelsea.

If the person is targeted for sanctions, then each and every shareholding is consequently under sanctions.

Machiavelli 3 months ago

@Anti-Sanc, as you grow up and develop, you will learn about something called Principle.

Sanctions were imposed on Russia, Putin & Co. by the West knowing fully well that the same countries would be adversely affected by the sanctions.

So they applied sanctions as a matter of Principle, forsaking personal interests/selfishness which would have dictated that they avoid taking those measures because it would make their lives more difficult


3 months ago


Anti-Sanc 3 months ago

Clearly hakuna chinonzi smart or targeted sanctions, in most cases it affects the innocent... Are they thinking of the Chelsea fans, staff, players,etc most of which are European, British citizens. Dumbest thing is sanctioning a country that supplies ¾ of gas they import... (SMH)


Machiavelli 3 months ago

Do as I say, not as I do


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Roman Putin 3 months ago

If Fifa says politics should stay away from the game, why does it only apply in Zimbabwe and not UK


Chen 3 months ago

Zvekutengesa izvo hazvibude . Chavasiri kutoda kuti bag ripinde kuChelsea in fear yekuti it will be channelled towards war weapons etc.


Bright 3 months ago

Mari ahisi kuenda kuna Raman weku Russia ka iyi ikuenda KU charity organization

Chen 3 months ago

Politics ndokuti yese baba, even in the bible. Amaka vane veIsrael aparadzwa iye nezvipfuyo zvake , vana , vakadzi (Politics) . Ndosaka wakaona mukoma Tagwie wakapa imba nemota kumacoach eDynamos and Highlander. Politics again


rasta 3 months ago

politics nebhora zvofambidzana pap ndodawo kuziva thank u


VaZhou 3 months ago

kkkkkk, my dear everything is attached to politics. Be it football, pig farming, horticulture, economy, currency, the list is endless.
If you don't know this you have not realised it only.

Bright 3 months ago

Muridzi we chealse uyu anonzi ndi adviser wa puttin so ndo nyaya yacho yaari kutsomerwa iyoyo asi chealse ikunzi ichatengeswa hayo two weeks time

TTambaoga 3 months ago

that's the impact of sanctions



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