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BREAKING Roman Abramovich sanctioned by UK government before Chelsea owner is able to sell club

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has had his assets frozen, a prohibition on transactions with UK individuals and businesses, a travel ban and transport sanctions imposed.

The Blues chief is one of many to have sanctions placed on them by ministers on Thursday morning, days after he put his beloved club up for sale.

Abramovich had pledged to donate next proceeds of the sale to “all victims of the war in Ukraine” – but his plans will be disrupted by the sanctions.

The club is said to be worth in the region of £3billion, with several interested parties said to have made contact ahead of a possible change in ownership.

Although the assets of Abramovich have been frozen, Chelsea have been given a special licence to continue their season.

The club are able to continue with all ‘football related activities’ but the sale of the club has effectively been barred.

The update comes just hours before Chelsea take on Norwich in the Premier League – but won’t disrupt the planned fixture.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “There can be no safe havens for those who have supported Putin’s vicious assault on Ukraine.

“Today’s sanctions are the latest step in the UK’s unwavering support for the Ukrainian people.

“We will be ruthless in pursuing those who enable the killing of civilians, destruction of hospitals and illegal occupation of sovereign allies.”

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