The UK government took the unprecedented step of sanctioning Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea FC, as a result of him being intertwined with Vladimir Putin and the war on Ukraine.
In an official memo, HMRC claimed that Abramovich “is or has been involved in destabilising Ukraine…via Evraz PLC, a steel manufacturing and mining company…over which Abramovich exercises effective control”, the company which has been making "and supplying steel to the Russian military".
This meant that Chelsea have essentially been frozen as an asset, although they do have a special licence to continue playing football and will be allowed to fulfil their fixtures. No tickets, however, beyond those already sold, will be available for home or away fans and the club is no longer even allowed to sell merchandise in their club shop, which has closed.
It also means that they cannot sign new contracts, meaning that all of Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen are set to leave in the summer when their current deals expire.
Chelsea statement seeks 'discussions with the UK Government'
Now the club have issued a statement claiming that they will be looking to seek an amendment to the license for the club to operate 'as normal as possible' until the decree runs out on May 31st.