Chelsea post £121.3m loss, blame sanctions on Abramovich

Chelsea recorded an overall net loss of £121.3 million ($148.65m) for 2021-22 due to “extraordinary expenses and loss of revenue,” with the club blaming sanctions were imposed on previous owner Roman Abramovich, the Premier League club said yesterday.

Russian owner Abramovich put the club up for sale in early March last year following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which spurred the UK government to introduce sanctions on Abramovich.

Chelsea were not allowed to sell tickets during that period, resulting in a loss of revenue, while their operational spend was also curtailed due to government restrictions until the sale was completed at the end of May.

“During this period, the club was restricted in a number of areas including, but not limited to, its ability to sell matchday and season tickets, sell merchandise, accept event bookings, as well as sign contracts with players and commercial sponsorship partners, which collectively resulted in extraordinary expenses and loss of revenue,” Chelsea said in a statement.

“Furthermore, some of these limitations are also expected to have an impact on the financials in the following years due to the long-term impact from restrictions on entering into new contractual arrangements.”

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