Roman Abramovich refused to lead Chelsea

Juliette Morgan
Roman Abramovich refused to lead Chelsea

The owner of Chelsea, Roman Abramovich, handed over the management of the football club to the trustees of the charitable foundation.

During my almost 20-year ownership of Chelsea FC, I have always seen myself as the caretaker of the club, whose job is to ensure our success today as much as possible, build a foundation for the future and play a positive role in our community.

- the Russian businessman said in a statement published on the club's website.

I have always made decisions based on the interests of the club, and I remain true to these values. That is why today I am handing over the management and care of the football club to the trustees of the Chelsea Charitable Foundation. I think they are in the best position at the moment to take care of the interests of the club, the players, the staff and the fans.

Abramovich's statement came out on the eve of the League Cup final, in which Chelsea will play Liverpool - netizens believe that his goal was to calm the public against the background of the situation in Ukraine. The vague wording chosen by the billionaire does not allow us to say that he will no longer be the owner of the club.

After a military special operation began in Ukraine by Vladimir Putin's decree, Abramovich became the object of close attention in the UK. Thus, a member of the country's parliament from the Labor Party, Chris Bryant, made a proposal to confiscate Abramovich's property and ban him from owning Chelsea. Shortly after, the head coach of the team, Thomas Tuchel, said that there were "too many ambiguities" around the situation at the club.

Earlier, the media reported that there were investors interested in buying Chelsea, but difficulties could arise with the deal if Roman Abramovich fell under sanctions — his assets would be subject to freezing.

Abramovich acquired Chelsea in 2003 for 140 million pounds. Since then, the club has won the Champions League and the Europa League twice, won the championship and the FA Cup five times, won the National League Cup three times and the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup once each.

More in the section Celebrity

People: Pete Davidson visited a psychologist because of Kanye West's threats
Celebrity

People: Pete Davidson visited a psychologist because of Kanye West's threats

Pete Davidson, Kim Kardashian's ex-boyfriend, whose breakup became known last week, had to visit a psychologist because of harassment and th...

'Grease' star Olivia Newton-John dies
Celebrity

'Grease' star Olivia Newton-John dies

Australian singer and actress Olivia Newton-John has died at the age of 73. This was reported in her official accounts in social networks. O...

Lars von Trier diagnosed with Parkinson's disease
Celebrity

Lars von Trier diagnosed with Parkinson's disease

Danish director Lars von Trier has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. This was announced by the Zentropa film company founded by him....

Ashton Kutcher opens up about rare autoimmune disease that nearly blinded him: 'I'm lucky to be alive'
Celebrity

Ashton Kutcher opens up about rare autoimmune disease that nearly blinded him: 'I'm lucky to be alive'

Actor Ashton Kutcher spoke for the first time about a rare autoimmune disease that nearly robbed him of his sight, hearing and ability to wa...

Snezhana Georgieva spoke about nutrition, her daughter and the development of taste
Celebrity

Snezhana Georgieva spoke about nutrition, her daughter and the development of taste

Secular diva Snezhana Georgieva once again held a Q&A column among her followers on Instagram* and spoke about her daughter Sophia, diet...

Kanye West reacts to news of Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson's breakup
Celebrity

Kanye West reacts to news of Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson's breakup

Kanye West reacted to the news about the breakup of his ex-wife Kim Kardashian with comedian Pete Davidson. On Instagram*, the rapper posted...

Mike Tyson accused the creators of the series about his life of stealing a biography: "They stole my story"
Celebrity

Mike Tyson accused the creators of the series about his life of stealing a biography: "They stole my story"

Mike Tyson has accused the creators of the Mike biopic, streaming platform Hulu, of stealing his biography. In social networks, the boxer sa...

Off-duty: Rihanna and A$AP Rocky on a walk in New York
Celebrity

Off-duty: Rihanna and A$AP Rocky on a walk in New York

Singer Rihanna and her lover A$AP Rocky got into the lenses of the paparazzi during an evening walk around New York. For a walk, Rihanna, wh...

Limp Bizkit lead singer Fred Durst married for the fourth time
Celebrity

Limp Bizkit lead singer Fred Durst married for the fourth time

Limp Bizkit lead singer Fred Durst married for the fourth time. This is reported by TMZ, citing documents obtained by journalists. The cerem...

Selena Gomez says she wants to get married and have kids
Celebrity

Selena Gomez says she wants to get married and have kids

Selena Gomez gave an interview to the Giving Back Generation podcast in which she shared her plans for the future. The singer admitted that...


People: Pete Davidson visited a psychologist because of Kanye West's threats
Celebrity

People: Pete Davidson visited a psychologist because of Kanye West's threats

'Grease' star Olivia Newton-John dies
Celebrity

'Grease' star Olivia Newton-John dies

Lars von Trier diagnosed with Parkinson's disease
Celebrity

Lars von Trier diagnosed with Parkinson's disease

Ashton Kutcher opens up about rare autoimmune disease that nearly blinded him: 'I'm lucky to be alive'
Celebrity

Ashton Kutcher opens up about rare autoimmune disease that nearly blinded him: 'I'm lucky to be alive'

Snezhana Georgieva spoke about nutrition, her daughter and the development of taste
Celebrity

Snezhana Georgieva spoke about nutrition, her daughter and the development of taste

Kanye West reacts to news of Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson's breakup
Celebrity

Kanye West reacts to news of Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson's breakup

Mike Tyson accused the creators of the series about his life of stealing a biography: "They stole my story"
Celebrity

Mike Tyson accused the creators of the series about his life of stealing a biography: "They stole my story"

Off-duty: Rihanna and A$AP Rocky on a walk in New York
Celebrity

Off-duty: Rihanna and A$AP Rocky on a walk in New York

Limp Bizkit lead singer Fred Durst married for the fourth time
Celebrity

Limp Bizkit lead singer Fred Durst married for the fourth time

Selena Gomez says she wants to get married and have kids
Celebrity

Selena Gomez says she wants to get married and have kids

Renee Zellweger reveals she loves getting old and criticizes anti-aging ads
Celebrity

Renee Zellweger reveals she loves getting old and criticizes anti-aging ads

Jessica Chastain arrived on a visit to Kyiv
Celebrity

Jessica Chastain arrived on a visit to Kyiv

Kevin Federline spoke about the unwillingness of his common children with Britney Spears to communicate with his mother. The singer answered him: "It hurts."
Celebrity

Kevin Federline spoke about the unwillingness of his common children with Britney Spears to communicate with his mother. The singer answered him: "It hurts."

US police are looking for a thief, like two peas similar to Bradley Cooper
Celebrity

US police are looking for a thief, like two peas similar to Bradley Cooper

Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson are parents again
Celebrity

Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson are parents again

'Six Days, Seven Nights' star Anne Heche had an accident and was hospitalized with serious burns
Celebrity

'Six Days, Seven Nights' star Anne Heche had an accident and was hospitalized with serious burns

Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson split up
Celebrity

Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson split up

Child harassment, sect and "putrid stench": what became known about Ezra Miller from the investigation of Business Insider
Celebrity

Child harassment, sect and "putrid stench": what became known about Ezra Miller from the investigation of Business Insider

Off-duty: Claire Danes on the beach in Malibu
Celebrity

Off-duty: Claire Danes on the beach in Malibu

15 employees accused Apple of ignoring harassment complaints
Celebrity

15 employees accused Apple of ignoring harassment complaints