Chelsea have been approved to play in the Champions League after The EU hit owner Roman Abramovich with sanctions on the eve of their last 16 match against Lille.
The club had already traveled to France when the news came that the EU had joined the British government in sanctioning Abramovich for links to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Uefa acted quickly to determine what this meant for the club’s continued participation in the Champions League. They take a two-goal lead into the second game against Lille and are expected to do so on to the quarterfinals.
A Uefa source indicated that the EU was following Britain’s sanctions, and while the assets of Russian oligarch Abramovich were frozen, his club would be allowed to continue operating under the same strict measures to ensure the club’s owner did not profit from revenue.
“Uefa is fully committed to always implementing relevant EU and international sanctions,” a Uefa spokesman said. I.
“Our understanding is that the present case is being assessed in the context of the license issued in the United Kingdom, which allows Chelsea FC to continue a minimum of football activity, while providing a guarantee that it will not lead to any financial gain for Mr Abramovich.
“We will work with the EU and relevant Member States to ensure that we have full clarity and remain in lock-in stages with all relevant and applicable measures in line with recent developments.
“Uefa will continue to work closely with and support Chelsea’s players, staff and fans during these difficult times to enable them to represent their colors on the pitch.”
The spokesman added: “As it looks, the fight is going as planned.”
Chelsea officials have been in daily talks with representatives of the Ministry of Finance and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport since Abramovich was sanctioned for supporting Russia’s war in Ukraine.
The club is in financial turmoil and has lobbyed hard to ease the restrictions so they do not go bankrupt.
But Chelsea faced a fierce backlash on Tuesday when the club filed a request that their FA Cup match against Middlesbrough be played behind closed doors after the government blocked them from selling away tickets. Middlesbrough had already sold out their allotment.
The request was withdrawn a few hours later after even the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust called on them to remove it.