Portuguese government clears sale of Chelsea – Chelsea

The Portuguese government has authorized the sale of Chelsea Football Club by Roman Abramovich, a Russian citizen with a Portuguese passport, and the proceeds will be used for humanitarian purposes.

In a statement, the office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs explains that the two competent national authorities – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Finance – have given the green light to the request received from Roman Abramovich “for a humanitarian derogation, allowing the English club to be compromised”.

“The Portuguese authorization stems from the guarantee given by the British authorities that the proceeds of the sale will be used for humanitarian purposes, not directly or indirectly benefiting the owner of the club, which is on the European Union sanctions list. “, adds the note. .

The Portuguese government’s position is in line with the European Commission, the foreign ministry said.

On Tuesday evening, Portugal received a letter from Russian Roman Abramovich, who has a Portuguese passport, requesting permission to sell English football club Chelsea.

The sale of Chelsea, still owned by Abramovich and subject to sanctions linked to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, to a consortium led by American billionaire Todd Boehly, was announced on May 7.

The British club, third in the last edition of the Premier League, acts with certain limits precisely because of these sanctions.

At the moment, Chelsea are operating under special authorization which expires on May 31, which allows them to carry out certain operations, such as receiving money for television rights and selling tickets for certain matches.

The Londoners announced on May 7 that the group led by Boehly would acquire Chelsea for 4.25 billion pounds (4.9 billion euros). The acquisition was approved by the English Football League on Tuesday.

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