“Chelsea fans will start supporting Newcastle now!” : Rival fans joke that Blues fans will swap allegiances to follow Saudi-funded Magpies after ministers freeze Roman Ambramovich’s assets
- Seven Russian personalities, including Roman Abramovich, hit with sanctions today
- Chelsea FC owner hit with personal sanctions and government asset freezes
- Rival football fans have taken to Twitter to mock their Premier League haters
Social media is teeming with memes as rival football fans mock Chelsea Football Club after their Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich was hit with government sanctions today.
Abramovich, whose tainted billions propelled Chelsea from mid-table mediocrity to five Premier League titles, has been banned from doing business in the UK – meaning his plan to sell the club is on hold.
The tycoon, worth an estimated £10billion, made his money selling assets bought from the rubble of the Russian state when the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s.
But following the UK government hitting him with personal sanctions and asset freezes – meaning any potential £3billion sale of the club has been postponed – rival football fans have been teased without pity their Premier League foes.
Poking fun at the club’s current woes, Twitter users even suggested some fans might be tempted to switch allegiance to teams with other lucrative owners, such as Saudi-backed Newcastle FC.
Below, MailOnline details some of the funniest reactions seen online:
Rival football fans mock their Premier League foes mercilessly and joke that Blues supporters would swap allegiances with other wealthy clubs
Chelsea FC, which celebrates its 107th birthday today, has learned that owner Roman Abramovich will face government-backed financial penalties.
Abramovich, whose tainted billions propelled Chelsea from mid-table mediocrity to five Premier League titles, has been banned from doing business in the UK – meaning his plan to sell the club is on hold
A maximum spend of £20,000 on away travel is among conditions set to be changed by the government after it emerged the club’s usual budget is much higher.
As part of the sanctions package, Chelsea FC cannot exceed £20,000 matchday travel costs
Twitter users have poked fun at Chelsea fans’ current woes – even suggesting they could switch allegiance to lucrative Saudi-backed clubs such as Manchester City or Newcastle FC
Liverpool’s Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk pictured in black ahead of the League Cup final against Chelsea
A fan joked that Chelsea fans could start asking for handouts outside the club’s famous Stamford Bridge stadium
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been mocked for making a £40m, £1 bid for Liverpool star Luis Suarez in 2013
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Fans joke about Chelsea’s £20,000 limit on travel expenses. Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was famous for ‘parking the bus’, when a team sets up defensively with 10 players behind the ball to frustrate their opponent