Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant has hit out at UK authorities for blocking Roman Abramovich’s return to the country.
Grant has seen his personal friend Abramovich denied a renewal of his UK visa, subsequently followed by the Russian oligarch withdrawing plans to expand Stamford Bridge.
“It’s ungrateful,” Grant told The Sun. “This guy did only good for English football. He made Chelsea a brand, a team all the world respects, and I think he deserves more respect from the English.
“Until now there is only advantage with him coming here. I checked with Theresa May and he didn’t take one penny with him.
“The United Kingdom will not fall down if Roman comes to this country or not.
“England’s government need to take a second thought and say to Mr. Abramovich, ‘It was wrong, we are very sorry. If we have something against Putin we will deal with him, not through you.'”
So could this spell the end of Abramovich at Chelsea?
“Yes,” Grant says. “I don’t know, I haven’t spoken to him about this but I wouldn’t be surprised if it will happen.”