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Plenty_Sound_8425

That's funny. The media were wrong the last time they thought Roman would do something crazy.


sanikstrafe4

Surely the media can't be wrong for the one hundred billionth time?


Mempherrata

This honestly sounds like the UK government trying to strongarm Abramovich to do everything on their terms. I have no doubt this sale will actually go through and that they are just doing this to get some more assurances.


de_bollweevil

No mate, check below with all the comments from proper experts, RA has manipulated this whole situation so he can get his loan payed back, this is definitely not click bait from the papers or misdirection from the government. Edit: barely an hour later and the most reliable journalist on this deal refutes this story?! Don't worry all you lovely experts below, you're definitely still right.


Omniplegic

People believe what they want to believe either way, the subreddit would rather believe the government that fucking lies to us daily just so they can score free internet points by saying ‘chelsea bad’. Reality is literally no one knows what the fuck is going on and theres probably another Abramovich statement incoming that denies this stuff. Just as an addendum, people just need to remember that the government knows this is in the publics mind and are not a neutral arbiter, for instance they could act as harshly as possible as to look like they are seriously clamping down on Russian influence in the UK. Same goes for Roman, he knows Chelsea fans will be more inclined to defend him in light of his contributions to the club.


Fawkes_91

Today is briefing day again. And on this sub, every day is hate Chelsea day. This thread will probably have some 20 comments about "oh, but I thought Roman loved the club." None of those will show up when the counter-story emerges.


butterfriedrice

It's not that the English Tory government is shit. The point in question is that there is a risk that RA might still benefit from the transaction through a 'creative' construction with shell companies. If the sale is due to the government sanctioning RA, then it's not illogical they would also seek a legal obligation for oversight over the monies generated. Ofcourse, it would be ridiculous if the preferred bidder would lose out. In my amateur opinion they should contact Boehly et al. and find a compromise. Perhaps again a short delay until the beneficiaries of the transaction in the future can be held to account.


Omniplegic

For sure, I am by no means claiming Abramovich has infallibility or anything, just that people are quick to trust a government that has lied consistently to us just so they can get their cheap internet points in.


Popprita

Didn't RA publicly state that this wasn't the case last week?


Plenty_Sound_8425

2 weeks ago.


swingtothedrive

According to the article, the govt is saying what RA is saying publically is completely different from what he is communicating to Govt privately.


gooner1111123

Idk why so many people are clamouring to take the word of a fucking billionaire


abitofatit

Cause it's either that or take the word of this fucking government. Rock <-> hard place.


DJMOONPICKLES69

Also why would he publicly lie under this much scrutiny? Seems dumb. And he may be shady but he doesn’t strike me as dumb


Anik1415

Govt's words are gospel now


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Freddichio

And realistically neither are telling the whole truth. But *so far in this deal* I'd say Abramovich has been far more consistent than whatever the papers think will sell on any given day. Some people are keep to absolutely believe anything positive about Abramovich, and others are keen to believe he can do no good and is out to torpedo the deal, Chelsea and the entirety of the UK. Both are idiots blindly believing one side of the argument. I do think it's worth saying that *since he first took over* Abramovich was talking about building Chelsea as a team for the future, that he would want to last long after he's left. Even if you're determined not to believe him, he's been consistent.


mohankohan

The same government in whose interest it is to take a tough stance against Chelsea to really stick it to the Russians in the public eye, instead of say, doing something more meaningful with actual consequences.


Soren_Camus1905

The British government would *never* do anything against it’s own interest would it.


Freddichio

Idk why so many people are assuming media shit-stirring as gospel, they're well known for making shit up. EDIT: As pointed out by Swingtothedrive, this isn't the Media. This is the Government - who are also not exactly a pinnacle of integrity and honesty.


swingtothedrive

I mean this is not media shit stirring . They are clearly being briefed by the govt . All of Times BBC Telegraph etc are reporting . Either the govt is lying or Roman is lying . No fault of media here .


Freddichio

That's fair - when I posted the comment I hadn't seen the other articles (like the BBC one). You're right, they're all "government officials say". >Either the govt is lying or Roman is lying . No fault of media here . Let's be real here, both are lying through their teeth. But with this particlar article I'd be inclined to assume the UK Gov't are lying solely as the ones who are pushing this story.


Games_Gone

But to what end I wonder. They stand to gain nothing that I can fathom but Roman Abromovic stands to lose the slice of the fan base. I don’t trust either if honest just trying to understand what their angle is if it was indeed the gov lying.


april9th

Yeah the Tory government who were asked not to sanction Abramovich by Zelenskyy and who have consistently had multiple 'red meat' topics for their base, including this one, are who we should be clamouring to take the word of, lol. How about, we understand this whole thing is very politically charged as part of an ongoing PR war in a hot war and neither side is worth taking as gospel, and in this example it's the government we should be taking with a pinch of salt. Anyway, I'm off to have a look at how sending immigrants to Rwanda for the price of putting them up in the Ritz is going. Or any of the other multiple topics the government prod and poke every few weeks to keep their base happy.


Games_Gone

Now the tories are cunts, clear as day but what do they gain in your opinion from this? I don’t trust them but can’t think of a why to go with the mistrust.


Above_The-Law

Oh so you would rather take the word of that fat lying cunt of a PM?


IShitonChurchill

In place of the fucking uk government?


ExoticToaster

Hitler promised not to invade Czechoslovakia Jeremy, welcome to the real world.


Ridcullys-Pointy-Hat

Those kids have no idea whatsoever of what went on at Stalingrad.


G_Comstock

Hang on. I hope no one here is suggesting that Roman Abramovich \[Ruthless oligarch who has had journalists and trade unionists beaten and killed to help him steal billions from the Russian people\] might tell a few porkie pies to get his hands on 1.5 billion.


Freddichio

Don't be disingenuous. The only people here saying Abramovich is doing no wrong are being ridiculed. But the article here - and the BBC, and the Times - were all briefed and set up by the UK Government. Can't people accept both sides are shit and have ulterior motives without assuming one is the son of satan and clearly the other one has to be believed unequivocably?


G_Comstock

A healthy scepticism of claims is useful but resorting to false equivalence obscures more than it reveals, undermining our ability to assess the truthfulness of claims. Throwing ones hands up and declaring both sides shit is attractive because it simplifies complex situations in a satisfying manner, but does little to bring us closer to understanding the reality of the situation.


Freddichio

I'm not trying to simplify the argument to a generic 'both sides are shit' as much trying to point out there are two sides in an argument and the truth lies somewhere between the middle. Your first post I'm replying to indicates you're taking the article here as truth, and that's dangerous to say the least. This is a post about one side of an issue, written by the other. If you believe it without question then that's also not getting towards, *in your words*, the truth of the matter. You can't present an argument based one piece of (biased) evidence and then criticise anyone who is sceptical as 'obscuring the truth', that's nonsense.


telcomet

No one is saying he will do no wrong, bit of a strawman. There is a weird sense (maybe largely among Chelsea fans for obvious reasons) that rumours inconsistent with what RA has previously said are gutter journalism, when clearly it’s mad that you would automatically trust what RA said


Soren_Camus1905

What tier is Roman though


LordLychee

Yay let’s trust the corrupt billionaire and what he says


tesum123

This is just stupid. What leverage do the government have? They literally hoping Roman would cave based on his love for Chelsea? That's some weal ass leverage


mashimaru_161

The fact that they think, taking a london club as hostage, could make putin sweat should speak volume.


neededtowrite

I mean that's not what they thought


april9th

You're right, they sanctioned an oligarch that Zelenskyy explicitly asked not to be sanctioned, who as a result hasn't been sactioned in other countries, for example the US, not to make Putin sweat, but as very palatable red meat for voters. Case in point the most liberal Spurs and Arsenal fans are now on a topic completely in lock step with the Tories. RA isn't sanctioned elsewhere. The articles about how the sanctions have ruined him and he's reeling and needing the money are purely for UK consumption - his assets in the US, France, Germany, whereever else, are untouched.


AFCeng0

Arsenal and Spurs fans are now voting Tory because they sanctioned RA?? Where you getting that bs from lmaoo


april9th

What part of 'on the topic' as in, on this one topic, is saying they are *voting* for the Tories, on every topic? Illiterate, lol.


sholista

He has been sanctioned by the EU. Do love it when people make such confident posts when they are completely factually wrong.


mashimaru_161

After #party gate, bojo and the torries promised to go harder on putin and russian lackyes. This is how they go at putin...


rodenttt

This is just nonsense


mashimaru_161

Ok, you win, cheers.


Thraff1c

>and russian lackyes ?


mashimaru_161

I mean putin’s russian born lackeys.


Thraff1c

So Abramowitsch?


dickgilbert

So basically they want the 1.6 billion to just disappear off the books and the government actually wants that money to go to where it was "pledged." Is that the gist, here? Honest question.


Freddichio

That's the way the government is posing it. Reading between the lines I think it's clear that neither side unilaterally trusts the other. Abramovich doesn't just want to wire £1.6b to the government on the promise it'll go to the right place (rather than Matt Hancock's Dog's Mate's Uncle's Hairdresser). The Government doesn't trust Abramovich will put the money where it should go either. Both parties need to find a middle ground or a neutral party. This article is almost certainly pushed by the goverment in order to try and pressure Abramovich - but it's in no way shape or form "the honorable government with pure intentions vs the Evil Abramovich" as painted in this picture.


dickgilbert

But, in reading the article, it seems the government is asking for the money to be placed in escrow, not "wired to them" at all. Isn't that exactly the solution for when two parties can't trust each other or don't want to rely on trust?


Freddichio

If there's no established route for the money to go to Ukraine, putting it in Escrow is giving it to the government with extra steps. When the transaction is completed the money won't be with Abramovich either way, it's where it does end up that's the point of contention


DrasticXylophone

He never promised it to Ukraine Only to victims of the War in Ukraine Which could easily be the families of Russian Soldiers who died and none to Ukraine. The UK government will burn the money before a penny of it ends up in Russia


zaviex

Abramovich is working with the Ukrainian peace delegation isn’t he? I seriously doubt hes trying to pull up something wild here


ashwinsalian

He's Putin approved Russian representative at 'peace talks'. This narrative that he's a good guy coz he's part of peace talks is funny. He's literally the one putting forth Russia's side of peace demands.


zaviex

He’s with the Ukrainian delegation not the Russian delegation was my understanding. Wasn’t he among the poisoned Ukrainian delegates?


ashwinsalian

Putin has approved his role as peace negotiator and has given his blessings. Remember the peace talks in Russia a month ago? RA was a part of the Russian delegation. Not surprising that someone who used sports washing for his own image has good PR with all those Chelsea statements talking about his role in peace negotiations. https://www.ft.com/content/260fb656-4010-4ffe-96be-a273ec87792b https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/putin-abramovich-chelsea-russia-ukraine-26554687.amp https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/mar/11/roman-abramovich-vladimir-putin-chelsea-kremlin-russia https://www.intellinews.com/putin-personally-approved-abramovich-s-role-in-peace-negotiations-239350/


DrasticXylophone

He is working as an intermediary and no one knows who his master is. This is the man who put Putin in power in the first place and by all accounts is one of the closest Oligarchs to him to this day. His wording in the statement was not an accident


Caymanmew

Didn't he buy Chelsea originally to get into the spotlight to protect himself from Putin? My understanding is their relationship broke down 15 to 20 years ago.


sidvicc

Man, Roman has the best PR moves to clean up his image. Even after all this, folks think he's some sort of neutral businessman just stuck in the middle of a politcal/military war and not a conniving oligarch that would sell his own babushka to make another billion.


M9A

I’m tired, Robbie


Alternative_Dark_412

Not going to happen. He’ll never let that happen, and neither will the government.


English_Misfit

Well if it changes to a gift the club's fucked by FFP anyway. No way can UEFA just let it go because then city and PSG will start doing the same shit. Everyone knew this was going to be a problem when Roman eventually left and now here we are.


Ld511

I mean why would it change exactly if it becomes just relieved. The money debt wide has already been spent so FFP wise money isn't getting injected into the club


wheresmyspacebar2

Because then the money changes from a 'loan' to just him giving money. A lot of it doesnt matter because it was pre-FFP but at least £450M was loaned after FFP, which has to be allocated for, they cant just 'forget it' otherwise City/PSG can just start Loaning billions to their clubs and then forgetting about it.


Ld511

The millions loaned to their clubs would be the same as now. City and psg just inject money the regular way without counting it as a debt


MobyTugboat

Yeah cause UEFA has done a great job enforcing the FFP rules


Freddichio

>Well if it changes to a gift the club's fucked by FFP anyway. No way can UEFA just let it go because then city and PSG will start doing the same shit. Everyone knew this was going to be a problem when Roman eventually left and now here we are. This is **precisely** what Roman came out with a couple of weeks ago to debunk himself. He wanted the money to go to "victims of the war in Ukraine" {sic} so it wouldn't be him writing it off. The money would be accounted for, he wouldn't get it though. So then the money isn't being written off, it's factored in - it's just not going straight to Roman


Gbuchanan1

It is for sure getting weird how quiet it's been.


Billy_LDN

Quiet? The sale process has moved at quite some speed


Gbuchanan1

Has it? It’s been on the verge of done supposedly forever


SeriousLads

For a 4 billion takeover involving a sanctioned individual and a government who probably want to grab a portion of the money to cover their next sesh, it’s moved pretty quickly


SpursLastTrophy_91

My company was bought by Google a few years ago. It was announced to employees, and then publicly, *sixteen months* before it was actually finalized. Billion dollar transactions don't happen overnight. The sale of Chelsea has been moving at lightning speed, relative to these types of acquisitions.


Eric_Partman

4b takeovers take some time. He met with Tuchel and the players this week.


spicynirvana38

A takeover this size does not go this quickly if this was happening under normal cirucmstances. This is a special case.


Billy_LDN

Best case scenario was a deal being completed by May 22nd


lrzbca

>Chelsea, they claim, are refusing to accept their new plan to put the loan in an escrow account - a legal arrangement in which a third party temporarily holds the money - before the Government is convinced that the money can be safely paid into the foundation for Ukraine war victims, which Abramovich is setting up. If they wanted this, they should’ve said so before, changing the deal in the last minute of approval is dick move, government is sending Chelsea under not other way round.


Plenty_Sound_8425

We both know it won't happen so these reports are just futile.


spicynirvana38

BoJo and his useless Tory gammons need something to divert from the booing of the anthem, and his subsequent criticism of those fans...


SomeIrishFiend

Inshaallah


lordtnt

source: Whiteasshall. Literally Whitehall insider.


Dismal-Philosopher-4

How can Abramovich have any effect at all? Club's frozen, any repayment to him would be frozen, etc. so how can *he* make the club go under? Or does the Government need a legal reason to nationalise Chelsea? saying he isn't cooperating might be part of that.


wheresmyspacebar2

>How can Abramovich have any effect at all? Club's frozen, any repayment to him would be frozen, etc. so how can he make the club go under? Because RA still has to agree to the sale. They cant force him to sell the club. If they refuse to let HIM have the 1.6B for HIM to distribute, then he can refuse to sell and that means the club will ultimately go under because he cant use money to fund them. ​ Thats basically the hitch ATM. Neither the UK Gov or Abramovich trust the other to allocate the 1.xB in debt to charity. The UK Gov think that Abramovich will use it to go through one of his shady businesses that ARENT sanctioned ATM to basically scarper with the money. RA thinks the UK Gov will take it and skim a shit load off the top for themselves whilst only giving a small amount to charity. ​ The problem is, both could be true and its fucked either way.


ShaunFrost9

>UK Gov will take it and skim a shit load off the top for themselves whilst only giving a small amount to charity. I mean, this part is definitely true.


wheresmyspacebar2

Oh i agree. I also think the part where RA squirrels some away is also definitely true. ​ Which is the issue.


CircleTheFire

If RA controls where the money gets allocated, it will go to Russian-controlled charities for distribution. Like, “charities to help families if Russian soldiers killed in the Ukraine.” Money is as good as back in Putin’s pocket if RA gets a say. Just send it all to Medicin Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders).


AnalysisForThee

MSF? Sorry, that's not going to Ukraine then, but to finance the ships shipping Africans across the Mediterrean unless you specifically earmark it for Ukraine with a legal contract they can't use it for anything else.


Bey_Harbor_Butcher

Wait... didn't Chelsea announce, with big fanfare, that Abramovich was NOT after the £1.6bn loan?


zaviex

It’s more complicated than that. They are claiming that he wants the money sent to him to be allocated to charity the government wants it sent to them to be allocated to charity. Both sides think they other is going to run away with the money. Hard to know who is telling the truth


MFoy

It's probably just a matter of neither side trusts the other (understandably so) and both think the other wants to skim some money off the top as they distribute it to charity.


zi76

[Especially after David Dein was trying to get the government to take 750m from it to give to the English game.](https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/plan-to-divert-cash-from-sale-of-chelsea-for-grassroots-football-032h62zjt)


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They could just send it to me and ill give it to charity. I'll even skim much less off the top.


gtdr91

Kinda hilarious people thought Abramovich would just write off £1.6billion and expect nothing in return.


Shaggythemoshdog

I mean if I had all of my assets frozen I would bite the hand off any chance to get a large chunk back


Freddichio

Y'know, I saw a lot of these comments last time this sort of article was circulating, approximately a day before Abramovich himself came out to quash the rumours. **If** - and it is an if - this turns out to be bullshit spread by the UK goverment to put pressure on Abramovich, as the signs point to - then this isn't Abramovich asking for the money back.


ObamaEatsBabies

Greedy oligarch cunt, is a greedy oligarch cunt. Apparently this is surprising to many Chelsea fans.


Howdareme9

Not sure wanting over a billion back is greed


knud

Considering he stole them in the first place, yes.


lrzbca

You mean like how UK stole from Africa and Asia ? Proudly displaying stolen artefact’s in museum. It is been calculated UK stole $45trillion alone from India.


usually_a_knobhead

Yes, both are wrong


remote_crocodile

Imperial Britain is not a good basis for a moral compass


rodenttt

Yeah, pretty much exactly like that. There's a lot of greed going around throughout human history.


lrzbca

Hopefully they return all that money and artefacts stolen.


icraig91

Ah yes, the two wrongs make a right theory.


Thraff1c

"Our asshole might be an asshole, but at least he isn't a country level asshole" Great defence.


lrzbca

Not great defence, is UK returning the money to those countries ?


ObamaEatsBabies

Average Chelsea fan


lrzbca

Average Britain Citizen


sb191997

But but our sugar daddy cares about the club. Lol.


Bahmawama

These are chelsea fans we're talking about.


R4lfXD

Is it really greed to want your money back? Once you arrive at certain sum, you'd be dumb to not want it back.


GordonOP0000HK

Well because they think he loves the club more than anything, but at the end it's just money anyway.


ZachMich

He can love the club and still want his 1.5 billion debt back.


Tim0110

It's impossible for us to know which is true, but I'm inclined to agree with your statement.


Kajocfc

Let’s dive into comment section to hear opinion of the experts…


Spglwldn

Billion pound deals hit snags and issues all the time. Never mind one involving a sanctioned individual. These things can be done quickly but I’m not sure there are too many lawyers or advisors who could even have experience of dealing with some of these issues.


Anik1415

Those ministers keep on changing the sale structure like Christensen's agent and then blame Roman lol


ALLGROWWITHLOVE

Wouldn't blame him would blame government. As owners go he is a good one that actually cares about their club.


kydestroyer91

Last time reports like this immerged, this [statement](https://www.reddit.com/r/soccer/comments/uj1mvm/statement_on_behalf_of_mr_abramovich_official/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share) was put out by the club


TheMayoTao

You didn't read the article.. It declares what Abramovich is saying publicly is very different to what's going on behind the scenes.


jolle2001

And why should we trust the UK Gov? No one can be trusted in this, the Tories probably want some of the money to pay for the next coke binge


Pires007

Why should we trust the Russian oligarch, the guy that supports Putin.


RIVA_LAS_VEGAS

And the cycle continues... We don't know, so we should stop acting like we do


MFoy

The article also says that Chelsea insiders responded that the government is lying.


cherlin

I didn't read the article because it was behind a paywall, I bet most people here didn't read it for the same reason.


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tkshow

It might make oligarchs rethink where they try and wash their money.


threehugging

The economy, including the football industry, is not a zero sum game. Chelsea falling means every 'lower' club moving up one rank, slowly growing bigger due to improved odds of winning, attracting big sponsors and CL money associated with that, and so on. Many clubs of which you have skipped past with Abramovich billions. In the long run the job loss will be negligible if any- same for the aggregate cultural amenity that is UK football. Will it be shitty for those whose Chelsea fandom is an important part of their identity? Yes. Will it be shitty in the short run (i.e. few months to years) for those 1500 employees? Yes. But both are not really something a government should care strongly about, not relative to the false picture of permanent loss of jobs and culture you're painting at least- and I'd say also not relative to making a stand against a Russian oligarch that was allowed to wash his hands and/or money using Chelsea for 20 years.


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Visionary_Socialist

This is the government trying to put pressure on him by painting him as the man who’d let them fall. No truth to this.


gentmick

Lol uk government dont want to look like the bad guys. Another smear campaign on RA


G_Comstock

You don't need to smear a murderous oligrach. Anyone with a brain in their nut already knows he's a cunt.


gentmick

He can be a muderous oligarch and a cunt to the world, doesnt mean he will be a cunt for this chrlsea transaction. That’s the difference


DrasticXylophone

There is no way for them to come out as the bad guys RA is scum on another level to them


Mach_Fahim

Bruh if you owe me 1.6 Billion, we have beef for the next couple of generations. I understand him


RioBeckenbauer

Let's hope they're right.


krooked13

Celebrating hundreds of people potentially becoming unemployed because they represent a different shirt than the one you like


TheFitz023

They're the same class of supporters that cheer injuries


RioBeckenbauer

You don't care about the employees you gloryhunting plastic fan.


powermauler

And you don't care about Ukraine, you hateful maggot.


UnkownLan

Why?


Brendy25

Gotta be an odd person to want a club to go bust A few downvotes, guess there are many of you odd people


msbr_

People on here love to virtue signal then straight to being a vile vitriolic cunt at the first opportunity.


Brendy25

Should be used to it by now, easy Reddit upvotes which some people just desperately crave


UnkownLan

I honestly think the people wanting a club to not exist don't live locally to their club and just don't get the community side of it. A club going bust isn't like a business going bust, it means so much more to so many people. You stick with your club through thick and thin, you treasure it and are with everyone connected. Reddit community but way to much on who the owners are and that they are the club, they are not, the club is so so much more. I have no ties to Chelsea, I don't care if they are in the top flight or none league, but I would never want them to not exist.


msbr_

This guy gets it.


Durantsthegoat

Chelsea are hardly a difficult club to dislike, a club that became relevant because of a scumbag deciding to buy them in 03 and won lots of meaningless trophies on the back of said scumbag


Prejudicial

Chelsea obviously went to new heights under Roman but before that we were still consistently in the top half of the prem with some domestic and European cup success. Fans should be encouraged to be proud of their respective successes at whatever level they may be.


UnkownLan

It doesn't matter if they were in the conference before Abramovich, I would never want another club to go out of existence. Even Un*ted.


Prejudicial

Agreed 🤝


Antonio_is_better

Look at this guy pretending to be a rival.


maznaz

Did you all fail to notice that Rangers went bust? It's not like all the fans get shot. I bet they still enjoyed their Saturdays so everyone stop being dramatic.


lorddookufan

I’m pretty sure we had Gianfranco Zola before 2003 didn’t we? I mean that was some sensational stuff


UnkownLan

There is a difference between disliking a club and actively wanting them to not exist.


Durantsthegoat

I don't particularly like Chelsea and therefore I don't particularly care if they exist or not, I don't hate them the way I hate man utd and spurs


Familiar_Trash

This comment betrays your age. Chelsea won an FA Cup in 1997, another FA in 99/2000, and we're in the Champions League when RA decided to buy the club. People act like Chelsea were Man City before the purchase.


MobyTugboat

Bet you’d love a couple of those meaningless trophies wouldn’t you


Durantsthegoat

No thanks mate, my brother who's a Chelsea fan even admitted that the trophies chelsea have won are tainted, at least when arsenal win I know it's real


Familiar_Trash

"at least when Arsenal win I know it's real" You should write to the FA and complain that Chelsea's trophies aren't real. I love your interpretation of "real football," it's so cute and innocent


Brendy25

So how’d you feel about your club when Usmanov was a shareholder? Must’ve supported another team after he bought shares then right?


Durantsthegoat

He bought shares, he was never the sole owner of the club, the kroenkes didn't even allow him on the board so he had no say on anything that happened at the club and was never allowed to invest his own money


MobyTugboat

That’s crazy, my cousins wife’s boyfriend who’s an Arsenal fan still doesn’t know what champions league football looks like


Durantsthegoat

Sounds like your cousins wife is a nonce, is he about 5 years old?


MobyTugboat

Yea and he’ll be enjoying Europa next year with ya


Brendy25

and so by supporting the club going bust you’d also support the people who you don’t see losing their jobs and people who are helped by the club and the foundation not getting that help anymore? Just lovely


LilyWhiteClaw

And before that were one of the most racist clubs in the country.


JoshWheezer

It always kills me when I hear Spurs fans trying to call other people racist


RioBeckenbauer

You reap what you sow. Couldn't happen to a better club.


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Prejudicial

The same issue would be for any buyer, it's not a problem with Boehly specifically.


dragon8811

I would be emotionally damaged.


Plenty_Sound_8425

It'll be emotional.


threehugging

Stop threatening me with a good time, man. Chelsea falling would be so much schadenfreude for me. I think people that were still too young in the 00s to see the influence their billions had on the world of football won't truly appreciate how delicious this would be.


EnragedGibbon

Im with you, infact I hope their stadium is demolished and the site designated a nuclear waste storage facility on a 5000 year lease


CheekyKunt68

That would be wonderful


_Zer0Two

Multiple different news outlets just dropped the same news in the span of 5 minutes. Are they running out of stories to bait us with


mashimaru_161

Briefed by government.


BadCogs

Yeah we believe the whiteass govt insiders, we fully trust Govt, they never lie. They are okay to bring down the club just to get as much money out of this as they can for themselves and then blame it on other person. Lol, Roman and Chelsea can't even do any transaction without Govt giving it a go and yet they are causing the Govt problems. Fuck off they can bring the club down, but they will be responsible for it not Roman.


msbr_

I'd rather go under than give the Tories any money.


LilyWhiteClaw

"Russian Oligarch money, I sleep." "Money to the Tories, Real shit."


Bedeeki

Ah, who knew Chelsea fans had such high morale standards!


msbr_

You don't know anything about me and claiming all Chelsea fans are 'x' only makes you a bigot.


Emile_Smith_Rowe

It’s funny to see Chelsea fans so triggered by comments like this. Your stadium was chanting Abramovich’s name, while tanks rolled into Ukraine. He was literally known as Putin’s coin purse, your going to have to accept taking shit for supporting a club run by literally some of the most evil people in the world.


Early-Accountant2186

Do you understand how government works ?


dickgilbert

Isn't is supposed to go to Ukraine relief?


msbr_

Yes. As was agreed prior.


dickgilbert

So you’d rather go under than put the money into escrow for it’s stated purpose?


English_Misfit

Chelsea's a Tory club mate


benny_from_the_block

Never understood this. Majority of fans I know on matchdays are normal working class lads and lasses who would spit on the shoes of any Tory politician. No doubt there was and still is a right wing presence in our support but labelling a whole fan base with one specific political party is just cheap rubbish.


schaefer97

An oligarch robbing his own citizens would never deceive a football club. Never!


Stuff2511

Please


namsen1

Live and die by the sword, happy days


etan1122

I thought he loves Chelsea lol.


Kezz9825

he does. if you believe the media on this topic youre deluded lol. Roman poured his heart soul and wallet into Chelsea for nearly 20 years and is only getting rid of that because Putin's being a gigantic tit. You honestly reckon he'd want to see all of his hard work undone?


pbtra121

Don’t ever tell me sportswashing doesn’t work. Here we’ve got an American defending a Russian oligarch because he spent lots on transfers


Kezz9825

im not american. im defending his loyalty to Chelsea and nothing more. dont put words in my mouth, fuck off. first you call me a yankee and then you tryto say im sucking off russian oilgarchs because youre unable to differentiate someone saying "id like to belive he will treat Chelsea well" with "hes done nothing wrong in his life"...


1000smackaroos

Guys he just loves the club