Raab leads condemnation of Chelsea fans over 'Roman Abramovich' chants

Chelsea fan Dominic Raab leads condemnation of team supporters’ who interrupted a minute’s applause for Ukraine with chants of ‘Roman Abramovich, Roman Abramovich’ in support of outgoing Russian oligarch owner

  • Chelsea fans interrupted applause for Ukraine with chants for Abramovich
  • Others booed in response at Turf Moor in Burnley, Lancashire, before kick-off
  • Oligarch Abramovich has announced that he was putting the club up for sale
  • Mr Raab told the BBC this morning: ‘I’m a Chelsea fan, I think it’s totally wrong’

Chelsea fan Dominic Raab led criticism of the clubs supporters today over a vocal show of support for its outgoing Russian owner Roman Abramovich.

A section of the west London side’s fans at Burnley’s Turf Moor ground yesterday hijacked a minute’s applause for the victims of the Ukraine conflict to chant his name.

The move attracted condemnation from Chelsea’s German manager Thomas Tuchel, coming as Mr Abramovich attempts to find a buyer for the £3billion European champions.

Asked today about the display of support ahead of Chelsea’s 4-0 Premier League win, Mr Raab told the BBC it was not acceptable: ‘I’m a Chelsea fan, I think it’s totally wrong.

It would be a minority of fans doing it and I though Thomas Tuchel was quite right to come out and be clear about his disagreement with them.’

 Speaking after the game Tuchel said: ‘It’s not the moment to do this. If we show solidarity we should do it together.

Asked today about the display of support ahead of Chelsea’s 4-0 Premier League win, Mr Raab told the BBC it was not acceptable: ‘I’m a Chelsea fan, I think it’s totally wrong.’

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel blasted his own fans for singing Roman Abramovich’s name during a minute’s applause for Ukraine before Saturday’s 4-0 win at Burnley

‘We take the knee together. If an important person from our club or another club unfortunately dies we have a minute of respect.

‘It is not the moment to give other messages. It’s the moment to show respect. We want to do this. As a club we need our fans to commit to this minute of applause.

‘We do it for Ukraine and there is no second opinion about this situation. They have our thoughts and our support and we should stand together. It’s not the moment for other messages.’

Video shows crowds clapping in solidarity with the war-torn country before kick-off before voices then begin chanting the oligarch’s name at Turf Moor in Burnley, Lancashire, as others booed in response.

There have been gestures of support for Ukraine before kick-off at Premier League games, and Burnley’s ground featured the slogan ‘Football Stands Together’ with the Ukrainian flag on a large screen. 

Video shows crowds clapping on solidarity with the war-torn country before kick-off when voices then begin chanting the oligarch’s name at Turf Moor in Burnley, Lancashire

Abramovich announced on Wednesday that he was putting the club up for sale amid growing calls in Britain for him to face sanctions following Russia’s invasion of its neighbour

In his programme notes Burnley chairman Alan Pace said: ‘The events happening in the world today do throw football into context,’ Sky Sports reports.

He added: ‘I want to use this column to again send solidarity and support to the people of Ukraine following the devastating scenes that have been unfolding in the country since the Russian invasion.

‘I believe at times like this football has the power to unite and send a clear message. 

‘We were proud to welcome members of the local Ukrainian community to Turf Moor this week and I want to send my support to all those affected within the local area.’ 

Abramovich announced on Wednesday that he was putting the club up for sale amid growing calls in Britain for him to face sanctions following Russia’s invasion of its neighbour. 

John Terry (pictured with Abramovich) came under serious scrutiny for the post amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine who urged him to delete his tribute to Abramovich

Abramovich in 2003, the year he took over Chelsea. His ownership has seen the most successful years the club has enjoyed

With questions being raised in UK parliament about imposing sanctions on the Russian oligarch due to his links with Vladimir Putin, he is now looking to sell his shares in Stamford Bridge as part of a rapid offload of his assets.

Abramovich has also been questioned over his links to the Russian president.  

Last year he in court denied he was Putin’s ‘cashier’ in the West – but is still seen as one of his ‘enablers’.

He is said to have been the first person to recommend Putin for president to Boris Yeltsin, before Putin assumed office in 2000. 

Following the news that the club owner, who has won five Premier League titles, as many FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League and Europa League in his 19-year reign as Chelsea owner, will be leaving Stamford Bridge, John Terry took to Twitter to express his admiration for him this week.

Along with a photo of the pair together, the former Blues captain wrote: ‘The best’ along with three blue love heart emojis.

Terry came under serious scrutiny for the post amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, including from Labour MP Bryant, who urged him to delete his tribute to Abramovich.  

Abramovich took over Chelsea in 2003, and his ownership has seen the most successful years the club has enjoyed.

The Russian has told his aides to set up a charitable foundation to benefit ‘all victims of the war in Ukraine’ which would receive all net proceeds from the sale. 

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