The Premier League board has disqualified Roman Abramovich as a director of Chelsea Football Club.
This comes after Abramovich was hit by UK government sanctions on Thursday, in turn imposing severe operational restrictions on Chelsea.
“Following the imposition of sanctions by the UK government, the Premier League board has disqualified Roman Abramovich as a director of Chelsea Football Club,” a Premier League statement said.
“The board’s decision does not impact on the club’s ability to train and play its fixtures, as set out under the terms of a licence issued by the government, which expires on 31 May 2022.”
The UK government made minor amendments to Chelsea’s operating licence on Saturday. The club can now spend up to £900,000 on match day costs increased from £500,000 and will have access to prize money earned. Restrictions on selling tickets and the club’s travel budget have not yet been amended.