The owner of the Russian club, Roman Abramovich, has been excluded from the management of the English soccer club Chelsea. The 55-year-old was banned by the English Premier League’s board of directors from serving as a director of the club following sanctions imposed by the British government. In addition to the chairman of the board, Guy Laurence, Eugene Tenenbaum and Marina Granowskaja are also active as directors in management.
As the league announced Saturday, the decision has no effect on the training and playing operations of coach Thomas Tuchel’s team. Chelsea plays Newcastle United on Sunday.
Britain imposed far-reaching measures on Chelsea on Thursday in connection with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The world club champion can no longer transfer players, sell match tickets and has to close all fan shops. Russian owner Abramowitsch loses control of the football club for the time being. (dpa)