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I’ll sell Chelsea FC, donate the money to Ukraine – Abramovich

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Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has confirmed that he would sell Chelsea FC and donate the money as charity to Ukraine.

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He halso cancelled the club’s debts. The decision followed the UK government’s suspected move to take over Chelsea as part of sanctions against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Here’s the statement Abramovich released moments ago:

“I would like to address the speculation in media over the past few days in relation to my ownership of Chelsea FC. As I have stated before, I have always taken decisions with the Club’s best interest at heart.

“In the current situation, I have therefore taken the decision to sell the Club, as I believe this is in the best interest of the Club, the fans, the employees, as well as the Club’s sponsors and partners.

“The sale of the Club will not be fast-tracked but will follow due process. I will not be asking for any loans to be repaid. This has never been about business nor money for me, but about pure passion for the game and Club.

“Moreover, I have instructed my team to set up a charitable foundation where all net proceeds from the sale will be donated. The foundation will be for the benefit of all victims of the war in Ukraine.

“This includes providing critical funds towards the urgent and immediate needs of victims, as well as supporting the long-term work of recovery.

“Please, know that this has been an incredibly difficult decision to make, and it pains me to part with the Club in this manner. However, I do believe this is in the best interest of the Club.

“I hope that I will be able to visit Stamford Bridge one last time to say goodbye to all of you in person. It has been a privilege of a lifetime to be part of Chelsea FC and I am proud of all our joint achievements.

“Chelsea Football Club and its supporters will always be in my heart.

“Thank you.”

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Benzema announced 2022 Ballon d’Or winner

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Karim Benzema has bagged this season’s Ballon d’Or as the captain and star man of Real Madrid.

Benzema won it during a brilliant season leading the attack for Real Madrid as they won LaLiga and the Champions League in 2022.

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In addition, the Franchman received awards for being the top scorer in the Champions League, La Liga, and UEFA Player of the Year.

At the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, France, former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane gave the prize.

Sadio Mane of Bayern Munich finished second to Benzema.

Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City and Robert Lewandowski finished third and fourth, respectively.

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Paul Merson predicts scorelines ahead of EPL return

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The legendary Arsenal player Paul Merson has predicted the results of this weekend’s Premier League match-day nine contests.

On Sunday afternoon, Manchester City will play host to Manchester United in a Premier League rivalry at Etihad Stadium, while on Saturday, Arsenal will take on Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium in which Paul Merson made predictions.

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On Saturday, Crystal Palace will host a match against Chelsea, while Liverpool will host Brighton at Anfield.

Sportskeeda cited Merson as making the following predictions:

Arsenal 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
Fulham 1-1 Newcastle United
Southampton 1-1 Everton
Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea
Brentford 2-1 Bournemouth
West Ham United 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Manchester City 3-1 Manchester United
Leeds United 1-1 Aston Villa
Leicester City 3-0 Nottingham Forest

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Alan Shearer names clubs to finish top four this season

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Alan Shearer names clubs to finish top four this season

Legendary Newcastle United player Alan Shearer picked a team to place in the top four of the Premier League this year.

Along with Manchester United and Chelsea, Alan Shearer predicts that Arsenal will finish in the top four of the Premier League standings this season.

Arsenal presently leads the Premier League standings by one point, followed by Manchester City in second place and Tottenham Hotspur in third.

The positions of Man United and Chelsea are fifth and seventh, respectively.

Shearer, though, is certain that Mikel Arteta’s team will surpass his preseason predictions after their stellar start to the new year.

“I think I might say Arsenal,” Shearer told ViaPlay (as per HITC Sport).

“It has slightly changed from the beginning of the season. But on the evidence I have seen from Manchester United and Chelsea, then I think Arsenal might sneak in there as well.”

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