New owner for Chelsea FC

A consortium American billionaire Todd Boehly takes control of Chelsea. The Premier League club’s purchase price with manager Thomas Tuchel is £2.5 billion, or almost three billion US dollars. This was announced by the English club on Saturday. The sale is expected to close by the end of May, subject to all necessary regulatory approvals, he said. “It gives us perspective,” Tuchel said. The Premier League and the British government have yet to approve the sale of the Champions League winners to the American-Swiss group. This is necessary because the assets of the former owner, Roman Abramovich, were frozen during the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine. The £2.5 billion to buy the club’s shares will be paid into a blocked UK bank account. “100% of the money will be donated to charity,” Chelsea said. Abramovich recently denied speculation that he would benefit from selling Chelsea. dpa

The German table tennis star Dimitrij Ovtcharov has criticized the fact that a sports court at European federation ETTU overturned the exclusion of his former Russian club Fakel Orenburg from the Champions League. “I don’t think it’s the right decision to let the Russian teams come back into the competition at the moment. From today it’s a very bad signal,” the former world number one said on Saturday. evening on ZDF. In early March, the ETTU banned all Russian and Belarusian teams from international competitions in response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine. The two Champions League semi-finalists Orenburg and Yekaterinburg were also affected. Both clubs and the Russian FA disagreed and were at least partly right. According to a decision of the Appeals Chamber, Russian and Belarusian national teams, but not Russian and Belarusian club teams, can be suspended from international competitions. The semi-final between Orenburg and Yekaterinburg must therefore take place. German finalists Borussia Düsseldorf have no intention of playing against a Russian team. dpa

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