Chelsea fans chant Roman Abramovich’s name during Ukraine tribute at Burnley | Football News

Thomas Tuchel said Chelsea fans picked the wrong time to show their support for Roman Abramovich after the Russian owner’s name was chanted during a show of solidarity with Ukraine ahead of their Premier League win at Burnley.

Premier League clubs showed their support for Ukraine on Saturday following Russia’s invasion of the country, but Chelsea fans chose the moment of applause before kick-off to pay tribute to Abramovich, who announced his decision to sell the club on Wednesday evening.

Speaking after a 4-0 victory, Tuchel expressed his discomfort at the actions of a section of Chelsea’s support and claimed it was not a reflection of his players or a club who pride themselves in showing respect.

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said “it was not the moment to do this” when asked about fans singing Roman Abramovich’s name

“It was not the moment to do this,” Tuchel told his post-match press conference. “If we show solidarity, we show solidarity, we should do it together.

“We take the knee together. If an important person from our club or another club unfortunately dies, we show a minute of respect, it is not the moment to give other messages, it’s a moment to show respect.

“We do this because this is what we are, we show respect as a club, and we need our fans to commit to this minute of applause.

“We do it for Ukraine, there is no second opinion about the situation there. They have our thoughts and our support; we should stand together as a club. It’s not the moment for other messages.”

A Chelsea club spokesperson told Sky Sports News:The club’s very firm view is that moments of respect or recognition should always be honored by everyone present. “

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Russian-billionaire Abramovich has bankrolled the Blues since his takeover in 2003, with his funding helping Chelsea to win 19 major trophies during his reign – and traveling supporters to Turf Moor on Saturday opted to sing his name ahead of kick-off as both sets of players observed a minute’s applause for Ukraine’s war victims.

Chelsea face the prospect of Abramovich being placed under sanctions by the UK Government, which is threatening to target Russian businesspeople following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Abramovich denies links with the Russian Government or President Vladimir Putin and denies doing anything that would warrant being sanctioned.

Asked whether the Chelsea owner could sell the club if he was sanctioned by the UK Government, Richard Masters, the Premier League chief executive said: “I don’t think that will work.”

Burnley chairman Alan Pace had some words on the Ukraine crisis in his program notes.

“The events happening in the world today do throw football into context,” Pace wrote. “I want to use this column to again send solidarity and support to the people of Ukraine following the devastating scenes that have been unfolding in the country since the Russian invasion.

“I believe at times like this football has the power to unite and send a clear message. We were proud to welcome members of the local Ukrainian community to Turf Moor this week and I want to send my support to all those affected within the local area . “

The Clarets wore warm-up shirts with the words ‘Football Stands United – No War’ after they welcomed Ukrainians from the local area for the defeat against Leicester in midweek.

Sky Sports News has approached Chelsea for comment.

How Premier League clubs are supporting Ukraine

The 3,000 Southampton fans were provided free scarves
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The 3,000 Southampton fans were provided free scarves

Earlier on Saturday, Leicester City and Leeds United kicked off the Premier League’s planned show of support for Ukraine following Russia’s invasion of the country.

In Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off at the King Power Stadium, which Leicester won 1-0, pro-Ukraine and anti-war messages were on display with further in-stadium activity promoting peace.

Following the invasion of Ukraine, players draping the country’s flag around them as they walked out was just one of the gestures shown in last weekend’s fixtures – and similar marks of solidarity featured before the match in Leicester.

Both sets of players observed a moment’s silence for Ukraine, while a Ukrainian flag was also held by the teams.

Leicester supporters displayed a banner reading ‘We Stand with Ukraine’ alongside a picture of the Ukrainian flag before their game against Leeds.

A donation bucket raising funds for the Leicester City Ukraine Appeal
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A donation bucket raising funds for the Leicester City Ukraine Appeal
Leicester and Leeds players pay tribute to Ukraine
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Leicester and Leeds players pay tribute to Ukraine
Premier League captains wore armbands of the Ukraine flag
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Premier League captains wore armbands of the Ukraine flag

All 20 Premier League captains will wear special armbands in Ukrainian colors this weekend, including Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and Leeds defender Luke Ayling.

Leicester teamed up with British and Ukrainian Red Cross to raise funds and supplies to send to the besieged capital Kyiv – where essentials are running out for locals sheltering underground.

The English top-flight continued to rally behind Ukraine with fans encouraged to join players, managers, match officials and club staff in a moment of reflection and solidarity before kick-off at each game.

The screens at stadiums will display ‘Football Stands Together’ against the backdrop of the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag.

Luke Ayling wore a blue and yellow striped armband
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Luke Ayling wore a blue and yellow striped armband

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Aston Villa and Brighton came together before their WSL match to show their support for Ukraine.

In the WSL, Brighton wore their blue and yellow third kit against Aston Villa as the two teams displayed a Ukraine flag before kick-off.

It was a similar scene at Craven Cottage ahead of Fulham’s Championship clash with Blackburn Rovers. It is a weekend in which the footballing community is coming together as one to show support.

Ahead of kick-off around the country, teams will stand on the center-circle to think about all of those affected by the shocking events in Ukraine.

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Fulham and Blackburn observe a moment’s applause for Ukraine ahead of their Championship match at Craven Cottage.

Blackburn players warm up in front of the screen showing a Ukrainian flag to indicate peace and sympathy
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Blackburn players warm up in front of the screen showing a Ukrainian flag to indicate peace and sympathy

Southampton went a step further in showing their support for Ukraine ahead of Saturday’s Premier League fixture away at Aston Villa.

The club teamed up with main club partner Sportsbet.io, which has an office in Kyiv, to provide free scarves for the 3,000 traveling fans as a sign of solidarity.

Supporters traveling to the game will find the scarves on their seats ahead of kick-off – the scarves will be in Southampton’s away colors of yellow and blue to represent the colors of the Ukrainian flag.

Molineux and Carrow Road both expressed similar sentiment with splashes of blue and yellow ahead of Wolves vs Crystal Palace and Norwich vs Brentford respectively.

The Ukrainian flag on Norwich & # 39; s big screen
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The Ukrainian flag on Norwich’s big screen
A fan shows her support for Ukraine at Molineux
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A fan shows her support for Ukraine at Molineux

A young supporter with the & # 39; No to War & # 39;  message
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A young supporter with the ‘No to War’ message
Ukraine colors were worn at St James & # 39;  Park
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Ukraine colors were worn at St James’ Park

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