March 10, 2022 at 10:40 AM EAST
Pochettino blames referee for defeat
Appealing for a foul on Gianluigi Donnarumma after the goalkeeper’s mistake gave Madrid their first goal, Pochettino said: “Real’s first goal changed the match.
“I wonder what the VAR is doing because for me there is something else. It’s a shame, when you see the action, there’s a foul.
“After that, the match changed. For 60 minutes we dominated, that goal changed everything.
“It’s impossible not to talk about this big mistake made by the referees. It’s hard to accept. It’s incredible that this is happening in 2022. “
The psychological implosion might have something to do with it …
March 10, 2022 at 9:57 AM EAST
How will Chelsea travel under the new guidelines?
4.4. Reasonable costs of travel to and from Fixtures (or for the purposes of training or practice) by any of the Club teams for players and essential staff (including the reasonable cost of any travel company making such arrangements and necessary security staff or contractors) not exceeding the value of £ 20,000 per game per Club team.
This is where the practicalities of the sanctions properly kick in.
The £ 20,000 limit would presumably prevent Chelsea flying to, or staying overnight at, any of their remaining away games in the Premier League, unless those trips have been paid for in advance. To put that into some context, a return trip by private jet for domestic travel for a party of around 50 people might normally cost around double that amount.
Chelsea would normally travel with players, technical and coaching staff, medics and security, and would often incorporate an overnight stay. They will have to cut back appreciably to fall within the new guidelines.
Abramovich sanctioned – what it means for Chelsea’s transfers, contracts and tickets
March 10, 2022 at 9:38 AM EAST
Ben Mee out injured for Burnley against Brentford
A big blow for Sean Dyche’s team ahead of their relegation showdown.
March 10, 2022 at 9:13 AM EAST
Cox: How Benzema and Modric helped Real dismantle PSG in 21 extraordinary minutes
Some non-Chelsea related news with the other big story of the day.
PSG fell apart last night. Even after watching Everton on Monday night, PSG managed to produce the worst defensive performance of the week.
The Athletic’s Michael Cox has had a look at how it all unfolded.
Cox: How Benzema and Modric helped Real dismantle PSG in 21 extraordinary minutes
March 10, 2022 at 8:49 AM EAST
Premier League statement
“Following the UK government’s announcement that sanctions have been imposed against Roman Abramovich, the Premier League can confirm tonight’s match between Norwich City FC and Chelsea FC will go ahead as planned.
“The government has issued an initial license to enable Chelsea FC to continue to train, play its fixtures and fulfill its obligations for the rest of the season.
“The league will now work with the club and the government to ensure the season will proceed as planned and in line with the government’s intention.”
March 10, 2022 at 8:37 AM EAST
Chelsea club statement
After a four hour silence, the club have provided an update.
“Chelsea Football Club has been advised that its owner Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned by the UK government.
“By virtue of his 100 per cent ownership of Chelsea FC plc and affiliated entities, Chelsea FC would normally be subject to the same sanctions regime as Mr Abramovich. However, the UK government has issued a general license that permits Chelsea FC to continue certain activities .
“We will fulfill our men’s and women’s team fixtures today against Norwich and West Ham, respectively, and intend to engage in discussions with the UK Government regarding the scope of the license. This will include seeking permission for the license to be amended in order to allow the Club to operate as normal as possible. We will also be seeking guidance from the UK Government on the impact of these measures on the Chelsea Foundation and its important work in our communities.
“The club will update further when it is appropriate.”
March 10, 2022 at 8:30 AM EAST
Chelsea players found out about sanctions on the coach
Via Dominic Fifield: “Thomas Tuchel and his players were on a coach heading for Norwich ahead of this evening’s Premier League fixture at Carrow Road, oblivious to the fact their world was about to be turned upside down. They had no clue this was coming.
“The squad only became aware via social media alerts, or as their mobile phones trilled to messages pinged from concerned friends and family. Likewise, there was no guidance or reassurance offered in advance from on high because, in truth, everyone had been caught on the hop. This was no way to celebrate the club’s 117th birthday. “
March 10, 2022 at 8:09 AM EAST
Chelsea Supporters’ Trust
Chelsea’s fan group have called for clarity on the club’s future.
“The CST implores the government to conduct a swift process to minimize the uncertainty over Chelsea’s future and for supporters to be given a golden share as part of a sale of the club.”
Some time for them.
March 10, 2022 at 8:04 AM EAST
ICYMI: Abramovich sanctioned
March 10, 2022 at 7:53 AM EAST
John Terry’s NFT collection plunges 90% in value
John Terry’s collection of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have plummeted in value by 90 per cent over the past month.
Terry’s ‘Ape Kids Football Club’ NFTs were publicly trading for an average price of $ 656 after launch on February 2, but by March 8 the average price had dropped to $ 65.
More below from Joey D’Urso.
Junior Editor, News
Exclusive: John Terry’s Ape Kids NFT project has plunged 90% in recent weeks, with top players Ashley Cole and Tammy Abraham quietly deleting their endorsements as prices have crashed.
Meanwhile the Premier League is in talks over a huge official NFT dealhttps: //t.co/9L7eIU1paa
– Joey D’Urso (@josephmdurso) March 9, 2022
March 10, 2022 at 7:40 AM EAST
A further license will be required to sell Chelsea
Boris Johnson has clarified the sale process for Chelsea. He has said that the club will need a further license – Abramovich announced his intention to sell the club last week, before he was sanctioned this morning.
A spokesperson for the prime minister said: “We would have to grant a further license. I think it is fair to say the government is open to the sale of the club, but … currently, it would require another license and that would require a further conversation with the Treasury (finance ministry).
“The principle has been to mitigate the impact on fans … these measures are designed to punish those close to Putin.”
(Photo: Visionhaus / Getty Images)
March 10, 2022 at 7:12 AM EAST
The view from the Bridge
The Athletic’s Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey looks at what comes next.
If Abramovich is serious about acting in the best interests of Chelsea, the only choice is to walk away ASAP & hand control over any sale to the UK Government. Launching a lengthy legal challenge would only serve his personal interests di lui to the detriment of the club #CFC
– Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) March 10, 2022
March 10, 2022 at 7:00 AM EAST
Brentford halt ticket sales after Chelsea sanctions
Brentford have confirmed they are “seeking clarification from the Premier League” about tickets for their match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday April 2.
Planned release of tickets this afternoon will no longer take place as the situation develops.
Brentford have been allocated 3,000 tickets for the match and “will do everything in our power to ensure our full allocation is distributed to Bees fans.”
Some tickets have already been sold and club will provide supporters with updates in due course.
Staff Writer, Brentford
The planned release of the next batch of tickets for this match, due at 2pm today, will not take place
Prior to 10 March we made a contractual commitment to take our full allocation (3,000 tickets) and will do everything in our power to ensure our full allocation is distributed
– Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) March 10, 2022
March 10, 2022 at 6:54 AM EAST
NEWS: ‘You have to be on social media to win the Ballon d’Or’ – Pep Guardiola
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that Bernardo Silva will never win the Ballon d’Or because “you have to be on social media” to win the award.
Last year’s title was won by Lionel Messi, despite Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski being the bookmakers’ favorite to win the award.
Silva is on both Instagram and Twitter, with a combined 3.4 million followers. He has made 37 appearances for City this season, scoring 10 goals and managing four assists.
Full story here.
(Photo: Lynne Cameron / Manchester City FC via Getty Images)
March 10, 2022 at 6:41 AM EAST
Thomas Tuchel on Christensen future
The Chelsea coach urged his out-of-contract defender not to depart on a free transfer yesterday.
He added: “For Andreas we have unbelievably much to offer. It is the club where he came through the academy and I think he has a lot, also, to appreciate where he is right now. He profited a lot from the support, the structure. Now is the crucial moment to step up and be a huge player with this history. “
Tuchel was then asked whether clubs like Bayern Munich or Barcelona offer more enticing prospects than Chelsea. He replied: “There cannot be a big improvement in any other club in terms of organization, the supporting level for the players, the mentality, the competition in which you play: I don’t see an upgrade in any other club.
“Of course if you want to have the challenge of a new league and maybe also in money there are some possibilities always available if you’re a top, top player. But you can fulfill any dream here: I think we should not hide from that and we should not be too humble in that. “
Today’s news obviously changes things.
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March 10, 2022 at 6:30 AM EAST
Chelsea sponsors Three reviewing situation
A spokesperson for Three, Chelsea’s principal shirt sponsor and key partner, told The Athletic: “We are reviewing the situation and are in discussions with Chelsea FC.”
(Photo: Harriet Lander – Chelsea FC / Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
March 10, 2022 at 6:04 AM EAST
Chelsea cannot sell tickets
Abramovich, who has owned the club since 2003, will not be able to make any money or benefit financially in any way from Chelsea.
That means the club will be prohibited from selling any more tickets to matches that haven’t already been sold – but season ticket holders will be permitted to continue attending matches.
Chelsea’s club shop will also be closed.
(Photo: JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP via Getty Images)
March 10, 2022 at 5:51 AM EAST
So what has the reaction been?
A Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Spokesperson said: “The CST notes with concern the government’s statement regarding the owner.
“Supporters must be involved in any conversation regarding ongoing impacts on the club and its global fan base.
“The CST implores the government to conduct a swift process to minimize the uncertainty over Chelsea’s future, for supporters and for supporters to be given a golden share as part of a sale of the club.”
The Athletic has contacted Chelsea’s sponsors for comment. A spokesperson for Three, Chelsea’s principal shirt sponsor and key partner, said: “We are reviewing the situation and are in discussions with Chelsea FC.”