Premier League club Chelsea on Sunday condemned the invasion of Ukraine, saying the situation was “terrible and devastating”.
Chelsea make statement on Ukraine conflict after Roman Abramovich decision (Reuters Photo)
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Premier club Chelsea have released a statement directing their thoughts to “everyone in Ukraine” following a “terrible and devastating” invasion by Russia. However, there was no mention of Russia in the club’s statement.
Chelsea’s statement comes a day after their Russian owner Roman Abramovich handed over the club’s trustees to the London side’s trustees, amid calls in Britain for him to be sanctioned over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
Abramovich, whose wealth derives in part from mining in Russia, did not address the situation in Ukraine or the issue of sanctions in his statement released on Saturday.
“The situation in Ukraine is terrible and devastating. Chelsea FC’s thoughts are with everyone in Ukraine. Everyone at the club is praying for peace,” the club said.
Club statement on the conflict in Ukraine.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 27, 2022
Chelsea enjoyed the most successful period in their history after Abramovich took over in 2003 and won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions Leagues.
The Russian invested money in Chelsea, which allowed them to sign key players and break the dominance of Manchester United and Arsenal in the mid-2000s.