Chelsea to hold panic meeting with UK government after sanctions placed on club

Officials at Chelsea are set to hold talks with UK Government on Thursday evening over the sanctions imposed on Roman Abramovich.

Abramovich was added to the UK's sanctions list on Thursday morning – and the action has major repercussions for the Blues.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “There can be no safe havens for those who have supported Putin’s vicious assault on Ukraine.

"Today’s sanctions are the latest step in the UK’s unwavering support for the Ukrainian people.

"We will be ruthless in pursuing those who enable the killing of civilians, destruction of hospitals and illegal occupation of sovereign allies."

Chelsea are now unable to sell tickets for games, and merchandise sales have been suspended.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries acknowledged the decision would have an impact on Chelsea, but she added a special licence would allow it to operate.

The special license will allow fixtures to be fulfilled, staff to be paid and existing ticket holders to attend matches.

Thomas Tuchel's side will also be banned from signing new players with the summer transfer window on the horizon.

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Chelsea are due to face Norwich on Thursday evening at Carrow Road.

Tickets that have already been purchased will be honoured for the fixture, but only season ticket holders will be able to attend future games.

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