Chelsea fans are told by their supporters’ trust NOT to sing the name of Roman Abramovich during tributes to Ukraine after minute of applause at Burnley was ruined… as the Russian billionaire looks to sell the club for £3bn
- Chelsea fans chanted the name of Roman Abramovich during a minute of applause for Ukraine ahead of their game at Burnley on Saturday
- The club’s Supporters’ Trust has urged them to show respect to victims of war
- Abramovich has alleged links to Vladimir Putin, who ordered the invasion
- Russian-Israeli billionaire has put Chelsea up for sale with £3billion asking price
- Chelsea play at Norwich in the Premier League on Thursday evening
The Chelsea Supporter’s Trust has urged all Chelsea fans not to sing the name of owner Roman Abramovich during moments of solidarity with Ukraine.
The club’s travelling fans at Burnley last Saturday ruined a pre-match minute of applause for the people of war-torn Ukraine by chanting the name of the Russian billionaire who has bankrolled their enormous success in recent years.
Abramovich, who bought the Stamford Bridge club in 2003, has put them up for sale – at an asking price of £3billion – amid fears he will be sanctioned by the UK government.
Players and fans joined in a minute of applause for Ukraine ahead of the Burnley vs Chelsea match at Turf Moor last Saturday – but some Chelsea fans ruined the tribute
Some Chelsea fans chanted the name of their Russian owner Roman Abramovich during the minute of applause, and the club’s Supporters Trust has told fans not to do so again
It follows Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine, sparking a brutal conflict and a humanitarian crisis as millions of people flee the country.
Ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League trip to Norwich City on Thursday night, the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust have urged their fans not to sing in support of Abramovich, who allegedly has strong ties to Putin.
A spokesperson told The Sun: ‘The CST has been steadfast in support of the people of Ukraine.
‘Singing Mr Abramovich’s name at that time was clearly inappropriate. There is a time and a place for it.
‘From minute one to 90 during the match is fine but not during the one minute marked as a tribute to the people of Ukraine.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel criticised those fans who chanted Abramovich’s name
‘With Norwich, we hope supporters take on board the comments of the manager and respect the minute’s applause or silence.’
Manager Thomas Tuchel was critical of the fans who sung Abramovich’s name ahead of the Burnley match, when Turf Moor was lit up in the blue and yellow colours of the Ukrainian flag and the players assembled for a minute of applause.
‘It’s not the moment to do this,’ Tuchel said. ‘If we show solidarity, we show solidarity and we should do it together.
‘We take the knee together. If an important person from our club or another club unfortuntely dies we have a minute of respect.
‘It is not the moment to give other messages. It’s the moment to show respect. We want to do this. As a club we need our fans to commit to this minute of applause.
Further shows of solidarity with Ukraine are planned ahead of this week’s football fixtures
‘We do it for Ukraine and there is no second opinion about this situation. They have our thoughts and our support and we should stand together.’
A Chelsea spokesperson said: ‘The club’s very firm view is that moments of respect or recognition should always be honoured by everyone present.’
Chelsea head to Carrow Road on Thursday as they look to firm up their top four position after thrashing Burnley 4-0 at the weekend. They host Newcastle United on Sunday.
It came as Sportsmail revealed the British property developer Nick Candy, a Chelsea fan, is working on a £2.5billion bid for the club in conjunction with other investors from America. Candy’s bid will include plans for a £1.5bn rebuild of Stamford Bridge.
A bid of £2.5bn would be regarded as credible in the circumstances, as the Russian looks for a quick sale given he faces being sanctioned by the Government as soon as next week.
The American billionaires who have been linked with a bid for Chelsea include Chicago Cubs chairman Thomas Ricketts, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson and Crystal Palace shareholder Josh Harris.
Numerous parties from all over the world have since expressed interest in buying the club, with the Swiss-American duo of Hansjorg Wyss and LA Dodgers part owner Todd Boehly having already submitted a bid.
New York Jets owner Johnson is reported to be preparing a bid, while Turkish businessman Muhsin Bayrak has claimed he is due to hold further talks with the club tomorrow.