Chelsea have been given a boost for their FA Cup quarter-final, with the government currently increasing the Blues’ travel budget for the trip to Middlesbrough.
The Stamford Bridge club have been hit with a series of restrictions under their new operating license following government sanctions from Roman Abramovich.
Chelsea cannot sell new tickets for matches due to restrictions, but the Blues continue to press Downing Street for a series of relaxations to help restore something close to normal operating procedures.
The Blues were initially hit with a travel budget cap of £20,000 for each game under the new license but now, according to PA, the government have lifted that limit – although initially only for travel from Saturday’s FA Cup at Middlesbrough, which is live on talkSPORT
The average cost for a Premier League side to travel to Middlesbrough is expected to exceed three times that £20,000 limit.
And now Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government has reportedly given Chelsea a travel budget boost for their trip to the Riverside Stadium.
While Chelsea were unable to comment on the government’s easing of restrictions, a club spokesman thanked Downing Street for the regular dialogue over the specifics of the club’s license from Stamford Bridge.
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A Chelsea spokesman said: “We are grateful for the Government’s continued attention to our license change requests.”
Owner Abramovich was sanctioned on March 10 after Downing Street claimed to have proven the 55-year-old’s links to Vladimir Putin amid Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine. Abramovich has always denied ties to the Russian president.
Russian-Israeli billionaire Abramovich put Chelsea up for sale on March 2, a process that was dramatically accelerated by government sanctions.
Abramovich’s UK assets are all frozen apart from Chelsea, with the Blues able to continue operations but with tight controls.
He has also been subject to sanctions by the European Union, which has the ability to seize and freeze his assets.
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