Roman Abramovich has given “stewardship and care” of Chelsea to the club’s charitable foundation following Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
However, Abramovich will still remain Chelsea’s owner and the Russian billionaire, who has invested over £1billion into the Stamford Bridge club since buying it in 2003.
Of course, he won’t demand that the club reimburse the loans it owes him – meaning the drawn out eventual fate of the club remains secure. It is additionally perceived that Abramovich remains firm that Chelsea isn’t available to be purchased. But there are currently questions regarding his drawn out future at the club.
Regardless of whether Abramovich will at any point get back to taking a more noticeable role at the club will probably rely emphatically upon whether he faces any sanctions, and what occurs in Ukraine and the UK’s relationship with Russia.
Interestingly, there have been calls from some people including MPs that, Russian-born Abramovich ought not be permitted to own Chelsea because of his supposed connections to Vladimir Putin’s regime.
After Russian soldiers crossed the boundary into Ukraine on Tuesday, Labor MP Chris Bryant told the House of Commons that the Russian-Israeli billionaire ought to have his assets/ properties seized, questioned whether he ought to be permitted to operate a football club himself, and cited a spilled government report proposing he ought not be permitted to be located in the UK.
In any case, as per Roman Abramovich, he played his part as a caretaker of the club. He said:
“During my nearly 20-year ownership of Chelsea FC, I have always viewed my role as a custodian of the club, whose job it is ensuring that we are as successful as we can be today, as well as build for the future, while also playing a positive role in our communities.
“I have always taken decisions with the Club’s best interest at heart. I remain committed to these values. That is why I am today giving trustees of Chelsea’s charitable Foundation the stewardship and care of Chelsea FC.
“I believe that currently they are in the best position to look after the interests of the Club, players, staff, and fans.”
But, Abramovich’s assertion has been reprimanded by certain sports pundits including Micah Richards, who is a former England defender. Richards is also asking:
“There’s so many questions which need to be asked, and to come out with a statement just like that; what does it even mean?
“If you read it, it reads like it’s written in a code – we don’t exactly want to tell you what’s happening, but here you go, read this, pick the bones out of it and see exactly what it means.
“I think it’s poor.”
It is perceived Abramovich will as of now not be engaged with club matters on an everyday premise and all drawn out essential dynamic powers are being given over to the Chelsea Foundation.
The Chelsea Foundation’s legal administrators are Bruce Buck, John Devine, Emma Hayes, Piara Powar, and Hugh Robertson.
For transfers, executive director Marina Granovskaia, technical advisor Petr Cech and head coach Thomas Tuchel will continue to operate within the budgets set by the club.
On the flip side, Chelsea’s coach Tuchel has conceded that the attack by Russia will affect the club.
“It’s distracting us, it’s worrying us, to a certain degree I can understand it, I can understand the critical opinions towards the club and us who represent it,” said Tuchel. “We cannot fully free ourselves from it.”