Chelsea away games under scrutiny amid travel fee sanction

Chelsea’s Champions League second leg with Lille next week is now under scrutiny after the club were hit with penalties affecting Roman Abramovich.

Abramovich has been added to the list of oligarchs who had their assets frozen by the British government following Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.

Chelsea owned by Abramovich, the Blues were also hit by the sanctions and given a special license to allow football activities to continue at Stamford Bridge.

“Given the significant impact that today’s sanctions would have on Chelsea and the potential repercussions of this, the government has issued a license which allows a number of football-related activities to continue,” it said. a government statement.

Thomas Tuchel had a major headache ahead of next week’s trip to Lille

“This includes permissions for the club to continue to play matches and other football-related activities, which will in turn protect the Premier League, the wider football pyramid, loyal supporters and other clubs.

“This license will only allow certain actions that are explicitly named to ensure that the named person cannot circumvent UK sanctions.

“The license will be constantly reviewed and we will work closely with the football authorities.”

But under the Russian regulations license, the Blues will be banned from spending more than £20,000 on any trip to away matches.

Roman Abramovich has been hit with UK government sanctions
Roman Abramovich has been hit with UK government sanctions

Although their next away game is on Thursday night, it’s only a short trip to Norwich and so shouldn’t be affected by the cap.

Problems could arise next week, however, when Chelsea travel to France to face Lille in the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16.

A normal Premier League away game with flight, security, food, hotels and other logistical costs would normally cost clubs a conservative estimate of £30,000, according to West’s former players’ carer Ham and Southampton, Hugo Scheckter.

Since the Lille game is taking place overseas, Chelsea will likely be forced to travel on a commercial flight or even travel by coach to Stade Pierre Mauroy.

Sanctions mean Blues can only spend £20,000 on travel
Sanctions mean Blues can only spend £20,000 on travel

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They will almost certainly have to stay in a hotel well below their expected normal standards, if they are able to afford an overnight stay.

The government has said there will be some flexibility around the £20,000 limit when it comes to away games in Europe.

Chelsea are currently two goals clear in aggregate, but if they are able to book their place in the quarter-finals, their ability to travel for the first leg of the game could be in question.