Abramovich hands over control of Chelsea, amid link to President Putin
Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich is handing over the “stewardship and care” of the Premier League club to the trustees of its charitable foundation, a statement from the European champions said on Saturday.
“During my nearly 20-year ownership of Chelsea FC, I have always viewed my role as a custodian of the club, whose job it is ensuring that we are as successful as we can be today, as well as build for the future, while also playing a positive role in our communities,” the club statement said.
“I have always taken decisions with the club’s best interest at heart. I remain committed to these values. That is why I am today giving trustees of Chelsea’s charitable foundation the stewardship and care of Chelsea FC.”
The move comes with Russia under intense scrutiny following the invasion of Ukraine.
Although he did not state any reason for his decision, the move comes amid his continued link to Vladimir Putin, Russia president.
Putin has been in the public eye after he ordered Russian troops to invade Ukraine as face-off between the two countries deepens.
Abramovich became Chelsea owner in 2003. He has won nearly 18 major trophies with the club.