|The UK government has relaxed some rules around the sanctioning placed on Chelsea football club, they can now sell tickets but they won't benefit from the proceeds. (Photo credit: Chelsea FC)
Chelsea fans can heave a sigh of relief albeit tentatively as the UK governing body amends their operating license following the sanctions placed on their erstwhile owner, Roman Abramovich in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The Blues were suspended from
every commercial activity which included selling of tickets and merchandizes,
signing of players or even renewal of contracts and it was going to be a
no-fans affair when Real Madrid visit the Stamford Bridge in a fortnight but
that rule has now been amended.
been granted a license to continue operating as a club but with strict
limitations on its commercial ventures. However, an updated government document
shows the terms of the license now allows Champions League tickets to be sold
Madrid in the first leg of the quarterfinals in April. They will be able
to sell tickets but the club will not collect a dime from the proceeds as it
will go to UEFA. For league games, only season ticket holders will be able to
watch games at the stadium as they cannot sell new tickets.
FA Cup affairs
at Wembley would see all tickets proceeds go to the FA and same would happen
should they get past Crystal Palace in the Semifinal to book a place in the
The government's updated license states that
Chelsea have to transfer the proceeds from ticket sales "to a permitted
third party." Charities could benefit from the ticket income.