Chelsea vs Real Madrid will have an audience in the Champions League match | Champions League

The British government has allowed Chelsea to sell tickets for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge.

In this way, a match behind closed doors is avoided, as marked by the sanctions imposed on the English club and which have prevented it from selling tickets for its last matches.

The British government updated this Wednesday the special license granted to Chelsea to continue operating on a day-to-day basis and allows it to sell tickets for home matches of the Champions League, the FA Cup and the Women’s Super League, as long as the proceeds from its sale do not go to the club.

The money will go to UEFA, in the case of the ‘Champions’ matches, and to the English federation, in the case of the FA Cup and Women’s Super League matches.

Chelsea will also be able to sell tickets for the Premier matches that it plays away from home, but not for those at Stamford Bridge. You will also be able to sell tickets to away fans visiting your London stadium.

“The Government has today made changes to the license that was granted to Chelsea so that fans have access to away games, Cup games and those of the women’s team. I would like to thank the fans for their patience,” he said. Nigel Huddleston, British Minister for Sport.

Since Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the United Kingdom on March 13, the club has had limited spending for home and away games, as well as frozen all its assets, so it could not sell tickets or ‘merchandising’ or make operations with players.

Only season ticket holders and those who had bought their tickets before March 10 were allowed to enter the stadiums, which meant that only 400 of the 4,000 who could attend visited Middlesbrough’s ground for the Cup match from England last weekend.

The match against Real Madrid is a special case, since Chelsea does not have season tickets for ‘Champions’, so it required special permission so that it was not played behind closed doors.

It is expected that in the next few hours the final candidates to buy Chelsea will be known so that the sale process can go ahead and the club is free from the sanctions imposed on Abramovich. The match between Chelsea and Real Madrid will be played on April 6 at Stamford Bridge, while the second leg will be played at the Santiago Bernabéu a week later.

EFE