Chelsea put stadium plans on hold after Roman Abramovich visa delay

Sherman Parsons
June 1, 2018

Israel's ambassador to Russia Gary Koren said Friday that he hoped Chelsea football club's Russian owner Roman Abramovich would invest in "pitiful" Israel soccer after he received Israeli citizenship this week.

Chelsea, who won the English Premier League title previous year, have announced plans to put on ice a massive redevelopment of their Stamford Bridge stadium.

The club said that it does not have an update on the time frame to reconsider the decision, and that the decision was made "due to the current unfavourable investment climate".

Abramovich withdrew his United Kingdom visa renewal application after British authorities held it up for several weeks due to tighter vetting of the applicants' sources of wealth, the Financial Times newspaper cited a person close to the oligarch as saying Thursday.

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Earlier, it was reported that Roman Abramovich got an Israeli citizenship and arrived in the territory of the country.

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Abramovich became Chelsea owner in 2003 and with the help of his financial input, Chelsea were able to appoint Jose Mourinho and win their first two league titles in 50 years.

Antonio Conte may have led Chelsea to FA Cup success, but the failure to qualify for next season's Champions League is expected to see the Italian leave Stamford Bridge. It has not been confirmed that the Abramovich situation is the reason, but that is the assumption of most observers.

The future of Chelsea Football Club was shrouded in uncertainty on Thursday night after a day of stunning revelations - while Laurent Blanc emerged as a serious candidate for the managerial job.

Mr Abramovich has declined to comment on the claims.

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