Owner of Chelsea Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the European Union amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The Russian-Israeli billionaire has been targeted by government authorities over his alleged relationship with President Vladimir Putin, however, Abramovich denies being associated with him.
With the EU imposing its stamp, it’s another significant moment in what has been a turbulent time for the club to say the least.
sky sports reports that EU sanctions mean Abramovich’s assets may be seized from him. On the other hand, the sanctions imposed by the British government only allow the freezing of its assets.
Due to the restrictions put in place, the club has been severely limited in its ability to operate on a day-to-day basis.
Chelsea have been banned from selling tickets for future domestic matches and Champions League home tickets this season while Abramovich is in charge of the club and there is also a restriction on how much they are allowed to spend on travel, which is currently only £20,000.
While upcoming trips to Lille and Middlesborough in the Champions League and FA Cup respectively have been paid for, Chelsea striker Kai Havertz has said he would be willing to contribute towards travel costs for away games.
“I’ll pay, that’s no problem,” he said.
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“I think it’s not a big problem for us. For us, coming to the matches is the most important thing.
“I think there are a lot of tougher times, tougher things in the world right now than if we have to take a bus or a plane to an away game. I’ll pay for it, no problem .
“We are all professional footballers. Everyone knows it’s a strange situation for everyone at the club at the moment.
“We are the players, we have to focus on the football and on the games. I think that’s the best we can do. All the other stuff the club has to sort out. It’s not about the players.
“I can’t talk about it much because we’re very focused on the games. That’s the most important thing for us right now.”
Chelsea go into the second leg of their last-16 clash against Lille with a two-goal advantage after winning the first leg 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.