Chelsea Supporters’ Trust demands urgent clarification in response to Roman Abramovich’s statement on the club.
A statement by Roman Abramovich about handing over the stewardship of Chelsea to the club’s charitable trustees has led to considerable confusion among the fans.
It appears to be an attempt to avoid any negative impact on the club as a result of the Chelsea owner’s punishment. What this implies in practice, however, is unclear – except from the fact that the club is not for sale.
Abramovich is seen as a close acquaintance of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but he considers this to be unjust. One of his daughters has spoken out against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
It appears that Abramovich will no longer be involved in day-to-day club operations, and that the Chelsea Foundation would be in charge of long-term strategic decision-making.
Chelsea women’s manager Emma Hayes, club chairman Bruce Buck, sports lawyer John Devine, former sports minister and Chelsea fan Hugh Robertson, and the club’s financial director Paul Ramos.
In light of the owner’s words, the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust have come out with their own statement, where they demand “urgent clarification” over the changes outlined by Abramovich.
The club’s supporters’ trust have stated: ‘We note Mr Abramovich’s statement and are seeking urgent clarification on what this statement means for the running of Chelsea FC.’
The statement on Twitter says: “The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust is deeply saddened and shocked by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent loss of life.
“We note Mr Abramovich’s statement (26.2.22) and are seeking urgent clarification on what this means for the running of Chelsea FC.
“The CST board are ready to work with the trustees of the Chelsea Foundation in order to ensure the long-term interests of the club and supporters.
“We stand with the people of Ukraine.”
It remains to be seen exactly what will come of the revelations in the statement in relation to the future of the football club.