Russia vs Ukraine: Roman Abramovich hands over Chelsea

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: General view inside the stadium during the UEFA Champions League Round Of Sixteen Leg One match between Chelsea FC and Lille OSC at Stamford Bridge on February 22, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Lee - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, has handed the club over to a charitable organisation.

Abramovich made this known in a statement on Saturday.

This is following the decision of Russian President, Vladimir Putin ,to go to war with neighbouring Ukraine.

European Union, EU, are seizing assets belonging to Russians and the Russian government as part of their sanctions on the country.

There have been calls for Chelsea to be taken away from Abramovich and the billionaire businessman on Saturday handed the club’s care and stewardship over to Chelsea’s Charitable Foundation, saying he believes they are in the best position to take proper care of it.

His statement reads:

“During my nearly 20-year ownership of Chelsea FC, I have always viewed my role as a custodian of the Club, whose job it is ensuring that we are as successful as we can be today, as well as build for the future, while also playing a positive role in our communities.

“I have always taken decisions with the Club’s best interest at heart. I remain committed to these values. That is why I am today giving trustees of Chelsea’s charitable Foundation the stewardship and care of Chelsea FC.

“I believe that currently they are in the best position to look after the interests of the Club, players, staff, and fans.”

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