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17th Mar 2022

Chelsea fans thrown potential lifeline regarding Champions League ticket sales

Daniel Brown

Chelsea progressed to the quarter-final after defeating Lille

Chelsea supporters could be allowed to attend the Blues’ Champions League quarter-final tie, but it depends on whether sanctions against Roman Abramovich affect their place in the competition.

As reported by the Telegraph, the Government are set to hold discussions with Uefa about finding a way to ensure the game is not played behind closed doors, which could be the case considering the London outfit are banned from selling tickets.

Additionally, it remains unclear whether Chelsea will be allowed to continue in the Champions League after the European Union joined the UK Government in sanctioning Russian billionaire Abramovich.

The report adds that officials are waiting for the outcome of Friday’s Champions League quarter-final draw before beginning talks over whether tickets could be sold without Chelsea benefiting financially.

Should Thomas Tuchel’s men be drawn against a fellow English side – Liverpool or Manchester City –  the tie could take place under the licence the Government granted.

However, following EU sanctions imposed on Abramovich, clarity would be required about the impact of them if Chelsea draw Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Villarreal, Bayern Munich or Benfica.

If the London club were unable to travel to Spain, Germany or Portugal for the away leg of the tie, Uefa would need to chose whether to change the venue, postpone it, scrap the fixture or award a walkover to their opponents.

Another potential option could be to allow fans to attend the quarter-final home leg, but ensure that any ticket revenue is given to Uefa or to charity.

The first legs of the quarter-final are scheduled for April 5 and 6. At the moment, only Chelsea fans who already purchased tickets – or possess a season ticket – are allowed to attend matches at Stamford Bridge.

However, season tickets do not cover cup competitions, so it is unlikely that any Chelsea supporters would be permitted to attend under the current restrictions.

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