‘Ridiculous’ to stop Chelsea fans from FA Cup semi-finals
The Government has been urged to allow Chelsea fans access to FA Cup semi-final tickets provided the proceeds go to the people of Ukraine.
Julian Knight, the chairman of the Committee on Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has called for changes to the special license imposed on the club after its owner, Roman Abramovich, was sanctioned by the UK government.
The intent of the license is to deprive the club — and by extension Abramovich, who the government says has ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin — of the ability to generate new revenue, including from ticket sales.
Chelsea fans have been unable to buy tickets for the FA Cup quarter-final win at Middlesbrough, other than those bought before sanctions were imposed, but Knight insists a solution will be found ahead of next month’s semi-final against Crystal Palace at Wembley must become .
“It’s ridiculous that we have to wait for a half-full Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Palace,” said Knight.
“Chelsea is more than just its owner, it is a living organism of great importance to its fans and community. It was understandable that last week’s game against Middlesbrough was played without Chelsea fans at short notice but with this big announcement from the FA have no excuse to shut them out.
“The FA must be allowed to sell tickets to Chelsea fans as long as all the money goes to the people of Ukraine.”
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