Revealed: Six trustees Roman Abramovich is handing Chelsea’s control to

February 26th, 2022 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

The six trustees who are taking over the control of Chelsea FC from Roman Abramovich have been revealed.

The Russian billionaire dropped his bombshell announcement on Saturday evening, days after his home country’s invasion of Ukraine.

He passed control and running of the West London football club to their six trustees.

They are, according to The Sun, chairman Bruce Buck, Blues’ women’s boss Emma Hayes, head of the National Lottery Sir Hugh Robertson, equality campaigner Piara Powar, lawyer John Devine and director of finance Paul Ramos.

New Yorker Buck has been a Chelsea fan since 1983, while Hayes has bossed the Blues’ women to the Double during her ten-year reign.

John Devis is Head of the Sports Team at law firm Muckle LLP and equality campaigner Piara Powar used to be Chief Executive of Kick It Out.

Hayes has been Chelsea women’s manager since 2012, she won the FA Cup and Super League double three years later.

John Devine is a partner in the Sports Team at law firm Muckle LLP, he works with a huge range of sports and governing bodies.

Piara Powar is an executive director of anti-discrimination and social inclusion network FARE, he is also the former Chief Executive of Kick It Out.

Paul Ramos is Chelsea’s financial supremo has been with the club since September 2001.

Sir Hugh Robertson perhaps is the best-known of the six – although not for football reasons.

Sir Hugh is the vice-chair of the British Olympic Association and former Conservative Minister for both Sport and of the Olympics, notably overseeing London 2012.

He joined the Blues’ Board of Trustees in 2016.

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Roman Abramovich surrenders “stewardship and care of Chelsea FC”

February 26th, 2022 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has released a statement on Saturday afternoon which says he is “giving trustees of Chelsea’s charitable Foundation the stewardship and care of Chelsea FC.”

The statement read: ‘During my nearly 20-year ownership of Chelsea FC, I have always viewed my role as a custodian of the Club, whose job it is ensuring that we are as successful as we can be today, as well as build for the future, while also playing a positive role in our communities.

“I have always taken decisions with the Club’s best interest at heart. I remain committed to these values. That is why I am today giving trustees of Chelsea’s charitable Foundation the stewardship and care of Chelsea FC.

“I believe that currently they are in the best position to look after the interests of the Club, players, staff, and fans.”

Whether this is permanent or temporary is not clear as the club has not released any further details outside of the statement.

The trustees of Chelsea’s charitable foundation are: John Devine, Paul Ramos, Piara Power, Emma Hayes, Hugh Robertson and Bruch Buck.

Abramovich’s statement comes after Labour MP Chris Bryant questioned whether he should be able to own a football club in the UK, using parliamentary privilege to explain why.

Bryant then told The Telegraph that Abramovich and Everton investor Alisher Usmanov must ‘make absolutely clear now that they oppose the illegal invasion of Ukraine.

He added: “They should be lining up in front of the TV cameras to say, “surely to God this can’t be happening” otherwise we will conclude that they are still in hock to Putin.”

After Abramovich made his statement on his Chelsea future, Bryant tweeted: “Good. Now he can condemn the illegal invasion.”

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