Roman Abramovich era at Chelsea leaves a ‘difficult’ legacy for Premier League, says Richard Masters

Premier League chief government Richard Masters believes it’s ‘troublesome’ to say the Roman Abramovich period at Chelsea had a optimistic affect on English soccer.

Although the Stamford Bridge membership received 5 Premier League titles beneath Abramovich’s possession, the Russian billionaire’s hyperlinks to Vladimir Putin have solid an extended shadow over his legacy following the invasion of Ukraine.

The 19-year Abramovich period got here to an finish earlier this 12 months with the £4.25billion sale of Chelsea to American businessman Todd Boehly, the co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball group.

The legacy of Roman Abramovich's ownership of Chelsea is 'difficult' for the Premier League, its chief executive Richard Masters has admitted

The legacy of Roman Abramovich’s possession of Chelsea is ‘troublesome’ for the Premier League, its chief government Richard Masters has admitted 

Abramovich's links to Russian president Vladimir Putin led to UK government sanctions and the sale of Chelsea following the invasion of Ukraine in February

Abramovich’s hyperlinks to Russian president Vladimir Putin led to UK authorities sanctions and the sale of Chelsea following the invasion of Ukraine in February

The UK authorities had sanctioned Abramovich following Russia’s invasion and frozen his belongings, forcing the sale of Chelsea.

‘It’s troublesome to say now, with hindsight, that it’s all been good, given what has transpired during the last six-and-a-half months,’ Masters stated forward of the brand new Premier League marketing campaign.

‘I feel in case you ask Chelsea followers, they might provide you with a distinct reply.

‘I feel the scenario we ended with has given the game some challenges we’ve bought to fulfill.

‘In the end, there wasn’t an house owners’ and administrators’ check when Abramovich took possession of Chelsea, so I suppose the reply to the query is, had there been that in place, what would have occurred and what safeguards do we have to construct in for the long run?

Premier League chief Richard Masters said the owners' and directors' test has been strengthened since Abramovich completed his Chelsea takeover back in 2003

Premier League chief Richard Masters stated the house owners’ and administrators’ check has been strengthened since Abramovich accomplished his Chelsea takeover again in 2003

Chelsea won the Premier League title five times under the ownership of Roman Abramovich

Chelsea received the Premier League title 5 instances beneath the possession of Roman Abramovich

‘[There is] a rolling check, sure. Prevention is healthier than remedy, isn’t it?

‘There wasn’t then, there may be now, it’s going to alter and a part of that really might be going to be the strengthening of the annual check.’

The house owners’ check has come beneath scrutiny once more prior to now 12 months with the takeover of Newcastle United by the Saudi Arabian Public Funding Fund [PIF], which was sanctioned by the Premier League regardless of critical considerations over the Saudi authorities’s human rights file.

Boehly’s Chelsea takeover was accredited simply 24 hours earlier than the federal government’s Could 31 deadline for the membership to be bought.

American businessman Todd Boehly bought Chelsea for £4.25billion back in May

American businessman Todd Boehly purchased Chelsea for £4.25billion again in Could

Masters added: ‘You’re in distinctive circumstances, nothing like this has occurred earlier than.

‘There was clearly a real concern the sale wouldn’t happen within the timeframe that was out there.

‘That didn’t occur fortunately. Lots of people labored extraordinarily arduous on it on the membership’s finish, the federal government’s finish and the Premier League’s finish to ensure issues have been operating as easily as potential.

‘All I can say is we’re very happy that it occurred, clearly.’

The Abramovich period at Chelsea additionally noticed the membership win the Champions League twice, plus the Europa League twice, 5 FA Cups, three League Cups, the UEFA Tremendous Cup and the FIFA Membership World Cup.

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