UEFA dispels fears over Chelsea Champions League clash against Lille

UEFA have insisted Chelsea’s clash against Lille WILL go ahead despite fears sanctions imposed upon Roman Abramovich by the EU would see the game abandoned.

Blues owner Roman Abramovich was slapped with sanctions over his relationship with Vladimir Putin last week and saw his assets frozen.

Chelsea have placed under a special licence allowing them to operate but not generate any revenue.

However, according to The Sun, the EU slapped further sanctions on Abramovich on Tuesday.

French newspaper L’Equipe quickly claimed the Champions League last 16 second leg could be at risk as the licence may not extend to matches outside of England.

But rival paper RMC Sport claim a Uefa official has insisted it DOES apply to European games.

Therefore, Wednesday night’s match WILL go ahead.

Following Sunday’s 1-0 win over Newcastle, Thomas Tuchel joked he would drive a seven-seater car if he had to in order to get his squad to France for the game.

However, the report in France states Chelsea booked their travel and hotel for their trip to Lille long before Abramovich was sanctioned.

RMC Sport also claim the real difficulties would be seen should the Blues progress to the quarter-finals – already leading 2-0 from the first leg at Stamford Bridge.