The Premier League, the governing body of the pro kicking sportsball game in England, have disqualified Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich from owning the Chelsea team in step with the British Government’s freezing of Abramovich’s assets, The Independent reports. “Following the imposition of sanctions by the UK government, the Premier League Board has disqualified Roman Abramovich as a director of Chelsea Football Club,” the league said in a statement. The next step would have been an automatic triggering of the sale of the club, however Abramovich had already announced his intent to sell the club. British leadership are fine with whatever happens as long as Abramovich doesn’t see a dime from the sale. Whom the actual proceeds of the multi-billion dollar sale of the team would go to is still was not made clear however. Hopefully the UK government would spend it on weapons and humanitarian aid for Ukraine.
Chelsea cannot legally sell tickets or merchandise while the club’s ownership is frozen, meaning that unless a fan has season or pre-sold tickets, they cannot attend the home game against Newcastle on Sunday, per the Independent. However, there’s a real fucking simple solution to fill the remaining seats in Chelsea’s stadium: Print out the tickets for those seats and give them out in exchange for a nominal donation to humanitarian aid for Ukraine. Problem solved.