Chelsea fans may be granted ticket hope for their upcoming Champions League and FA Cup ties as talks continue between the club and government officials. The Blues have faced an uncertain future since owner Roman Abramovich was hit with sanctions earlier this month.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has had to keep his players’ minds focused on football since the sanctions were imposed less than two weeks ago. Saturday’s FA Cup victory over Middlesbrough was a testament to his success in that regard, having overseen a run of six consecutive wins.
Abramovich had his assets frozen by the UK government, including Chelsea Football Club, which effectively cut the club off from their owner’s money. The approach was part of a continued crackdown against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military invasion of Ukraine.
The measures left Chelsea unable to sell club merchandise, offer new contracts or even sell tickets for future matches. That left Blues fans in the lurch regarding whether they would be able to attend games over the coming weeks.
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Chelsea fans could also have more hope as there is talk of a similar method extending to Premier League games if their ownership transitions drags on.
The deadline for final takeover bids was set for last Friday, and the process of whittling the group down to preferred bidders is believed to be underway. Among those who went public with their interest to buy the club are British businessman Nick Candy, the Ricketts family and a consortium involving London 2012 chief Lord Coe.