Chelsea allowed to sell tickets after government alters licence

A picture shows the Chelsea FC emblem outside the club's home stadium Stamford Bridge in London on March 18, 2022. - Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is hoping a quick sale of the European champions will provide clarity for employees and fans of the club with final bids to be submitted today. (Photo by Daniel LEAL / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images)


Premier League side Chelsea will be allowed to sell tickets to away games, cup matches and fixtures involving the women’s team after the UK government made alterations to the club’s special licence.

The club have been unable to sell tickets since owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the government as part of its response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Under the changed licence, proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to the Premier League and then be distributed to the relevant party.

This means Chelsea will be able to sell tickets for their home Champions League quarter-final fixture against Real Madrid on 6 April and the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium on the weekend of 16 April against Crystal Palace.

Away fans can buy tickets for Premier League games at Stamford Bridge, with revenue going to the Premier League.

Chelsea’s next Women’s Super League game is on 3 April at Kingsmeadow against Reading.

Chelsea have requested that any money generated by ticket sales, which would b have gone to the club, be donated to victims of the war in Ukraine and the Premier League said that “beneficiary charities will be announced in due time after consultation with the club”.

Sports minister Nigel Huddleston said: “I would like to thank fans for their patience while we have engaged with the football authorities to make this possible.

“Since Roman Abramovich was added to the UK’s sanctions list for his links to [Russian president] Vladimir Putin we have worked extensively to ensure the club can continue to play football while ensuring the sanctions regime continues to be enforced.”

The government said an exception had been made for the WSL as “there is a risk of empty stands for these matches” while only Chelsea season-ticket holders and those fans who bought tickets before the sanctions can attend Premier League home games.

Ticket sales from FA Cup and Champions League matches will go “via the Premier League to the relevant competition organiser or home club rather than Chelsea FC in order to remain compliant with current sanctions”.

Chelsea face Arsenal away in the Women’s FA Cup semi-final on 17 April and their ticket sales for that competition will go to the Football Association.

The government’s sanctions were intended to prevent Russian businessman Abramovich from making any money from Chelsea and his attempt to sell the Premier League club was halted when his assets were frozen.

Roman Abramovich put the club up for sale on 2 March, five days after Russia invasion of Ukraine.


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