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Chelsea stars ‘may be forced to take EasyJet flights to games and stay in budget hotels’

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CHELSEA stars may be forced to take EasyJet flights to games and stay in budget hotels after Roman Abramovich was slapped with sanctions.

The European champions have been heavily affected by the sanctions imposed on owner Abramovich by the UK government.

Chelsea could soon be taking Easyjet flights, a source has said

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Chelsea could soon be taking Easyjet flights, a source has saidCredit: Getty – Contributor
Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned by the UK

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Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned by the UKCredit: Reuters
Chelsea Football Club has been hit by restrictions, including a ban on sales of new tickets and merchandise

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Chelsea Football Club has been hit by restrictions, including a ban on sales of new tickets and merchandiseCredit: PA

Abramovich had his assets frozen due to his close ties with Russian president Vladimir Putin, who authorised the invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.

Chelsea are banned from selling home and away match tickets, as well as selling merchandise.

The club are also not allowed to buy or sell players… or renew deals of soon-to-be out of contract stars.

And now sources have claimed they have been given a £20,000 per-match limit for spending for away games – meaning they will have to ditch the luxuries.

A source told the Sunday People : “With the numbers of staff the club take away and the hotels they stay in, that figure will be nowhere near enough to keep up the standards players are used to.

“Staff at the club are joking, but only half joking, that they’re going to have to start using Easyjet to away games.”

Earlier today Abramovich’s superyacht was spotted docking in Montenegro amid an international hunt for Russian oligarchs assets.

My Solaris, worth £430million, was spotted in Tivat, Montenegro this morning after several Russian tycoons appeared to be moving their plush boats to safe havens amid sanctions over the Ukraine invasion.

Abramovich appears to have moved both of his superyachts including Solaris, which boasts its own helipad and missile detection system, and Eclipse, worth £672m.

The Eclipse was last seen in the Caribbean sailing away from St Martin, but now appears to be heading though the Strait of Gibraltar – potentially heading towards the Solaris.

Staff on the Solaris reportedly claimed that scaffolding was ripped from the ship while it was undergoing repairs in a shipyard in Barcelona in an attempt to ensure the boat could leave quickly.

Montenegro and the Maldives do not have extradition treaties with the US, meaning that it is a safe haven for the yachts.

It comes as his £150m Kensington mansion could soon be home to Ukrainian refugees thanks to a government proposal.

Cabinet sources have revealed Levelling-up Secretary Michael Gove has put forward the idea to house the homeless victims of war in the lavish homes of Russian oligarchs.

The 55-year-old sanctioned owner of the European Champions put his 15-bedroom mansion in Kensington Palace Gardens up for sale last week with a price tag of a staggering £150m.

The Grade II-listed home was once used as the Russian embassy.

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Abramovich’s triplex penthouse in a 37-storey Chelsea Waterfront building, potentially around £30m, has already been seized.

It is believed his other property, a six-storey townhouse in Eaton Square, which he acquired for £28m, has also been seized.

A worker begins to paint over graffiti on hoardings outside Chelsea Football Club's stadium, Stamford Bridge

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A worker begins to paint over graffiti on hoardings outside Chelsea Football Club’s stadium, Stamford BridgeCredit: Reuters



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