Roman Abramovich and two Ukrainian officials would have been intoxicated during a meeting in kyiv.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and two senior Ukrainian officials they would have begun to report symptoms of poisoning after a peace meeting that took place in the Ukrainian capital at the beginning of March.
Abramovich has been accused of being a man close to the Kremlin, and is that Russian President Vladimir Putin was part of the sale of half of the oil company Sibneftowned by the tycoon, to Gazprom in 2005.
Rumors about the closeness between the two indicate that it was Putin himself who ordered Abramovich to buy the English club.
The truth is that the owner of the London team has always denied these accusations, although he has been lukewarm when it comes to criticizing the Russian regime. However, in recent days the owner of Chelsea handed over the administration and care of the club to those in charge of the club’s charitable foundation.
In a statement, Abramovich said the charitable foundation is in “the best position” to look after the club’s interests. The measure, the media highlights, was taken in the midst of the UK’s discomfort over the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“During my almost 20 years as owner of Chelsea FC, I have always seen my role as the custodian of the club, whose job it is to ensure we are as successful as possible, as well as build for the future, while also playing a positive role in our communities,” said Abramovich’s note.
“I have always made decisions with the best interest of the club in mind. I remain committed to these values. That is why today I am giving the trustees of the Chelsea Charitable Foundation the administration and care of Chelsea FC.”
The Russian owner emphasizes that the foundation is in the best position to “watch over the interests of the club, the players, the coaching staff and the fans”.
Abramovich remains as owner of Chelsea, but does not participate in any decision-making in the club.
Who is Abramovich?
He is a Russian billionaire, who began to build his fortune in 1987, when he began to invest his money in real estate, and then entered the world of the oil industry.
In the sporting field, Abramovich became known in 2003, when he fully took over the rights to the Chelsea team, a team that ended up costing him 165 million euros.
Since then, the Russian businessman has invested millions in strengthening the team, thereby achieving countless awards, including Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Community Shield titles. They have also won the Europa League, the Champions League, the European Super Cup, and the Club World Cup.
Until now, Neither the Russian nor the Ukrainian government has denied or confirmed the claims of possible poisoning. which, if true, could have been presented as a move by one of the parties to assert the conflict between these two countries.
Roman Abramovich has owned Chelsea since 2003. PHOTO EFE