Chelsea FC have been left in chaos after the news broke on Thursday morning that their Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned by the UK government. The 55-year-old had recently listed the club for sale amid worries that this very situation could occur due to his links with Vladimir Putin.
But now it has been announced that the Premier League giants have been frozen, leaving them with a highly uncertain future as Abramovich is currently unable to sell the club.
In the short-term it means that, for now, Chelsea are unable to sell tickets, and only season ticket holders will be allowed to attend upcoming games.
The merchandise shop will also be closed, and they will only be able to spend a maximum of £20,000 per game on travel to and from fixtures.
The reaction is, unsurprisingly, already pouring in from the world of sport about this unprecedented sequence of events.
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