Chelsea fans chanted in the name of the Russian club owner Roman Abramovich, during a stand of solidarity and support for the people of Ukraine carried out by the players of the “Blues” and their host Burnley today, Saturday, before the start of the match that brought the two sides together in the Premier League and ended with the London team winning by four clean.
The applause spoiled the stand of solidarity with Ukraine a minute before the start of the match at the “Turf Moor” stadium, by the visiting fans, who chanted the name of the club’s owner.
It comes at the end of a tumultuous week in which Abramovich announced that he is looking to sell the Blues after 19 years in ownership.
Abramovich stepped down as owner after his country’s war in Ukraine highlighted his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Metal magnate Abramovich bought the London club in 2013 for about $186 million, and press reports expected the sale to reach about $4 billion.
Abramovich said he would not ask for loans he made to the club, reportedly worth about $2 billion, and asked his aides to set up a charitable foundation that would receive all the net proceeds from the sale.
“In all likelihood there won’t be 20 or 30 people queuing to buy the club,” corporate takeover advisor Keith Harris told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
“It’s like buying an expensive house, it will attract a limited number of buyers. It is a rare beast with 3 billion pounds (4 billion dollars) in its pocket.”
Harris said he expects the sale to be completed before the start of next season.
He added, “One of the questions that is being asked behind the scenes of the world of the football witch: Who do you think will own Chelsea at the beginning of next season?” And he answered his question by saying, “I think if 10 people were asked, 8 of them would say Roman Abramovich.”
“I’m not one of the 8. I think there will be an agreement. But if it is done within the next three months, it will be as fast as possible.”
On Friday, a spokesman for the chemical company INEOS said reports that its chairman, British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, is interested in buying Chelsea are baseless.