Sanctioned former Chelsea owner Abramovich files legal action in EU General Court
Roman Abramovich has filed a complaint in the General Court of the EU against the Council of the European Union, which imposed sanctions on the former Chelsea owner as part of measures targeting Russia and close allies of President Vladimir Cheese fries.
In March, the EU included the Russian oligarch on its list of individuals targeted by frozen assets and travel bans because of their role in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
EU Council and Court officials could not comment on details of the court case when contacted on Tuesday.
Abramovich was forced to sell Chelsea after being sanctioned by the British government for what he called his part in Putin’s “brutal and barbaric invasion” of Ukraine.
The sale of the Premier League club for 2.5 billion pounds ($3.2 billion) – the highest price ever paid for a sports team – was completed on Monday by a consortium led by the Los Dodgers co-owner Angeles, Todd Boehly. This marked the end of Abramovich‘s trophy-laden 19-year tenure.
The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, said Portuguese authorities had confirmed that the sale of Chelsea by Abramovich – who holds a Portuguese passport – did not benefit him or any entity associated with him, and that the proceeds would only be donated to humanitarian activities in Ukraine.
“This follows close engagement between the European Commission, Portugal and the UK to ensure the sale is fully compliant with EU sanctions legislation,” the Commission said in a message to the UK. ‘Associated Press. EU sanctions are a priority for the Commission.”
When it sanctioned Abramovich in March, the EU said he “had privileged access to the (Russian) president and had very good relations with him. This connection with the Russian ruler helped him maintain his considerable wealth.