Russian businessman Roman Abramovich on On Wednesday he confirmed he will sell Chelsea Football Club after 19 years of owned and promised to donate money from the sale to help victims of war in Ukraine.
Between increasing calls for Abramovich to be hit sanctions after Russia invaded its neighbor, the metal magnate said in a statement that it was a sale in the best interests of the reigning European e world football champions.
“In current situation, I then took the decision sell the club as I think this is in the best interest of the club the fans the employees as well as the clubs sponsors and partners, “he said.
Abramovich said he wouldn’t ask for loans he has made to the Premier League club – reported to total £ 1.5 billion ($ 2 billion) – to be repaid to him and the sale would not fast- tracked.
He told his aides to do it set up a charity foundation that he would receive everything net proceeds from the sale.
“The foundation Sara for the advantage of all victims of war in Ukraine, “Abramovich said in a declaration.
“This includes providing critical funds for urgent and immediate needs of victims, as well as supporting the long-term work of recovery. “
Swiss business tycoon Hansjoerg Wyss told a newspaper he was considering buying Chelsea from Abramovich who over the weekend said he was walking back from the execution of the club but made no mention of any plans to change ownership.
“Abramovič is currently trying to sell all his villas in England. He also wants to get rid of of Chelsea in hurry now. me, together with three other people received an offer on Tuesday to buy Abramovich’s Chelsea, “Blick said, citing Wyss in an interview published on Wednesday.
Loot of trophies
Abramovich bought West London club in 2003 and its investment contributed enormously to the most successful era in the team’S history like them won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups and the Champions League twice.
His purchase of the club helped transform the landscape of English football with Chelsea breaking the grip of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool.
He beat the Brazilian side Palmeira last month to become World Cup champion for club FIFA for the first time, after defeating Manchester City in the final become champion of Europe last season.
“A seismic moment” was how BBC presenter e former England striker Gary Lineker described the announcement forward of coverage of Fifth FA Cup Chelsearound draw in Luton Town.
Chelsea fans at Kenilworth Road he sang the Russian’s name before kick-off.
The 55-year-old, who he has Israeli and Portuguese citizenship, he became one of Most of Russia powerful businessmen earning fabulous fortunes after the 1991 break-upup of the Soviet Union. Forbes has put his net worth at $ 13.3 billion.
British opposition Labor leader Keir Starmer asked Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday because there were no sanctions against the owner of Chelsea. Johnson, speaking in Parliament said it could not go into details on specific cases.
Abramovich said the decision selling had been incredibly difficult.
“I hope I can visit Stamford Bridge one last time to say hello to everyone of you in person, “he said.
Abramovich shot his own back on life in London in 2018 when the British government he delayed the renewal of his visa following the attempted murder of a former Russian double agent in England, which he blamed on Fly.
“It was a privilege of a lifetime to be part of it of Chelsea FC and I are proud of all of our joint successes, “he said.
“Chelsea Football Club and their supporters always will be in my heart.”