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I find the latest BBC articles pointed towards Chelsea FC, both of them mention  Chelsea in the titles. Seems like somebody can't stomach our transfer spend. For me it's not really about Abramovich but its a clear coordinated attack on Chelsea. Why mention the club? It's a targeted attack. Nobody is saint but 2 articles in a day, c'mon BBC what a joke! What about other owners, they are all fluffy and pink right 🙂

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13 minutes ago, coco said:

He was linked to Putin 17 years ago, it's not news. Every Oligarch out of the region has links to Putin. Trump has links to Putin.

There is no way for a person like Roman not to have a relationship with Putin. That in itself doesn't say much.

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CHELSEA will open up the Stamford Bridge hotel for free for NHS workers - just as they did at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

Owner Roman Abramovich is going to cover the cost of rooms for staff to stay when working shifts at nearby hospitals - or simply in need of somewhere to stay - after the country went into its third national lockdown.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/13681937/chelsea-stamford-bridge-hotel-free-nhs-abramovich/

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3 hours ago, charierre said:

CHELSEA will open up the Stamford Bridge hotel for free for NHS workers - just as they did at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

Owner Roman Abramovich is going to cover the cost of rooms for staff to stay when working shifts at nearby hospitals - or simply in need of somewhere to stay - after the country went into its third national lockdown.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/13681937/chelsea-stamford-bridge-hotel-free-nhs-abramovich/

Well done, Roman. 

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On 19/01/2021 at 15:11, The Rising Sun said:

Always wondered why he withdrew his Visa renewal  application  in the first place.

Can't see a Russian oligarch having anything to hide !

 

Roman is getting quite a bit of media attention at the moment.  He's even lodged a complaint about an article in the Times.   

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Didn't we hear recently that Roman was still ambitious and wanted us challenging for the title? Where has that ambition been for the past 5 seasons? Won the league under Conte, didn't back him and was sacked. We have wasted 300m+ on average players or players who aren't helping us achieve what we need to. City spent £300m and they won the league consecutively and close to winning the league again this season. Meanwhile, the past 5 seasons we've dropped out of the top four twice and haven't been close to winning the league since Conte left. 

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Think Roman has too much faith on those identifying and signing players. Whether that is Marina or whoever they should be sacked because they are lightyears behind what Kenyon and Ron did. We may be a better business model now but our record with  signings is appalling.

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If Roman wasn't ambitious, I doubt we'd spend the way we did last summer.

The biggest problem is recruitment. In recent years, many signings haven't fired in the way we've hoped.

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6 hours ago, Jezz said:

If Roman wasn't ambitious, I doubt we'd spend the way we did last summer.

The biggest problem is recruitment. In recent years, many signings haven't fired in the way we've hoped.

Totally agree, mate. Some terrible signings but also some terrible sales - de Bruyne, Salah, Lukaku, Rice, Ake etc. I understand the argument about the benefit of hindsight, but surely a proper ‘football man’ should have been able to spot the potential in at least some of these cases?

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First time I’ve seen this thread and I’m actually in disbelief there’s any Chelsea fan that thinks he isn’t one of the best owners in world football or questions his ambition given how much we’ve just spent on players.

 

After Frank was sacked I watched The Kick Off podcast and there was Rory Jennings telling True Geordie that he doesn’t want Roman as the owner anymore. I can only think if I was a Newcastle fan and I had a Chelsea fan complaining about the owner I’d have thrown him out of the studio.

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On 19/03/2021 at 17:20, timetowaste said:

First time I’ve seen this thread and I’m actually in disbelief there’s any Chelsea fan that thinks he isn’t one of the best owners in world football or questions his ambition given how much we’ve just spent on players.

 

After Frank was sacked I watched The Kick Off podcast and there was Rory Jennings telling True Geordie that he doesn’t want Roman as the owner anymore. I can only think if I was a Newcastle fan and I had a Chelsea fan complaining about the owner I’d have thrown him out of the studio.

Rory is honestly the worst representative of Chelsea fans online. 

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https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2021/03/22/statement-on-legal-action

Chelsea Football Club is aware of today’s legal action by club owner Roman Abramovich and will not be providing any comment on the matter.

The club and its staff are proud of its many achievements under Mr. Abramovich’s stewardship, including the 16 major trophies won on the pitch by the Men’s team, the eight won by the Women’s team, the major successes achieved by the club’s Academy, the establishment of world-class training facilities at Cobham, and the significant work the club and the Chelsea Foundation are doing in the community, including our continued work to fight all forms of discrimination.


Full statement from Harbottle & Lewis LLP

‘We have today issued legal proceedings for defamation on behalf of our client Roman Abramovich.

The legal proceedings relate to a number of false and defamatory claims made about our client in the book Putin’s People published by HarperCollins. The book falsely alleges that our client has acted corruptly, and makes false claims about our client’s purchase, and the activities, of Chelsea Football Club. Such claims are totally unacceptable and are without foundation.

Our client’s statement on this matter is set out below. In view of the legal proceedings issued we will not be making a further statement at this time.

Harbottle & Lewis LLP 22 March 2021


Statement

Today my legal representatives have issued legal proceedings in England in relation to a book that was published in the UK. The book contains a number of false and defamatory statements about me, including about my purchase, and the activities, of Chelsea Football Club.

Today’s action was not taken lightly. It has never been my ambition to gain a public profile and I have always been reluctant to provide commentary on any matters, including any false or misleading statements about me or Chelsea Football Club.

However, it has become clear that the false allegations in this book are having a damaging effect, not only on my personal reputation, but also in respect of the activities of Chelsea Football Club.

My objective has been to avoid a legal case and my legal team has engaged with the publishers to try to find an amicable resolution. We have provided them with detailed information addressing the various false allegations about me in the book, including the repetition of allegations that have already been held to be false in the English High Court during previous legal proceedings. Unfortunately, these engagements were not successful, and the publisher has not corrected the false statements in the book.

On the subject of Chelsea Football Club. In contrast to the portrayal in the book, my ambition with Chelsea Football Club has always been to create world class teams on the pitch and to ensure the club plays a positive role in all of its communities. I believe our successes and activities over the years speak for themselves, including the trophies won, expansion of the Chelsea Academy, development of the Women’s team and the Chelsea Foundation becoming the largest charitable organisation within the Premier League.

It is my hope that today’s action will not only refute the false allegations in regard to my own name, but also serve as a reminder of Chelsea’s positive footprint in the UK. I have every belief that the courts will give me a fair hearing, as they have in the past.’
 

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On 19/03/2021 at 21:15, Sindre said:

A great read and some very enjoyable messages, but it reads more like a press release than an interview to me. So much so that I wonder what the role of the so-called "contributor" Lee Igel was and whether he actually spoke to Roman or just got sent a written statement. It certainly can't be drawn from the article that he asked any questions, usually a key aspect to any interview.

Don't get me wrong, I think Roman is a brilliant owner and even more so after these latest statements. I just feel like we're overcrediting him a bit on the interview aspect. Because giving an interview - particularly as a very private person - is a naturally risky and delicate endeavour, and it doesn't feel like that was the case here.

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If Roman was as dodgy as made out I’m sure there would be no legal action; he’d have his mate Putin pop a fella over with a pot of plutonium tea or a spritz of novichok perfume. 

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