UK government confirms lifting of all restrictions on Chelsea football club

The (forced) sale of Chelsea was officially completed yesterday after a nearly three-month process, with all parties confirming everything that needed to be confirmed, signing everything that needed to be signed, saying everything that needed to be said… and of course getting all the permissions that needed to be obtained.

This last element was further complicated by the British government inserting themselves into the process by sanctioning Abramovich and in turn Chelsea in early March, even though they had already put the club up for sale to prevent us from becoming collateral damage. to Vladimir Putin’s invasion. Ukraine, canceling all club debts and declaring its intention to donate the net proceeds to a newly established war relief charity, taking none for itself.

All of this of course still happens, but now that the UK government is taking control, as well as (trying to take) the credit. Good job, politicians. Peace in our time! What would we do without you?

What’s done is done though, and thankfully with the sale being finalized the restrictions have indeed been lifted, as a government spokesperson also confirmed yesterday. So yes, the MegaStore is back online – although if you’re buying, buy stuff with trivago rather than Three UK on it I’d suggest.

“Today’s change of ownership marks a new chapter for Chelsea Football Club in the best interest of its fans, the club and the wider football community.

“The club is no longer subject to the sanctions imposed on Roman Abramovich, an individual who enabled Putin’s brutal and barbaric invasion of Ukraine. Since sanctions were imposed on Abramovich on March 10, we have been working tirelessly to ensure that the club can continue to play football, while preserving the integrity of our sanctions regime.

“Chelsea’s long-term future is now secure and binding undertakings have been received which ensure those sanctioned cannot benefit financially from the sale. The government remains in control to ensure this is the case. We We have started the process to ensure that the proceeds are used for humanitarian purposes in Ukraine resulting from the Russian aggression, further details will be provided in due course.

“I personally want to thank ministers and officials across the UK government and the Premier League for all their work to make this happen.”

– British government spokesperson; source: Yahoo!

I dare say we would have accomplished exactly the same thing without any political interference – right, Mike Penrose? – but maybe I just had a sports wash.

Either way, here comes the next big chapter in our footballing lives. May it be as successful, dramatic, interesting, thrilling, historic as it has been for the past 19 years.

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