Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned by the UK government as part of its response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The 55-year-old Russian oligarch is alleged to have strong ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, which he has denied.

His attempt to sell Chelsea has been halted by the UK government following the sanctions.

Chelsea FC cannot sell any more tickets for games, its merchandise shop will be closed, and it will be unable to buy or sell players on the transfer market.

The UK government said Mr Abramovich, who has an estimated net worth of £9.4bn, is “one of the few oligarchs from the 1990s to maintain prominence under Putin”.

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