The hits just keep coming against Roman Abramovich.
The Chelsea owner was one of seven oligarchs sanctioned by the United Kingdom on Thursday as his assets in the country were frozen. The sanctions included his assets in the English Premier League club and his multimillion-dollar property portfolio.
Abramovich will barred from travelling to England and conducting financial transactions with individuals or businesses in this country.
The sanctions were imposed because of Abramovich’s alleged close ties with Russian president Vladimir Putin, who ordered his country’s invasion of Ukraine two weeks ago.
Chelsea, for which U.S. men’s national team standout Christian Pulisic plays, will be allowed it to continue with “football-related activities.” That meant that Thursday’s EPL game against Norwich City will be played.
However, Abramovich cannot sell the European champions and all player transfers – incoming and outgoing – will be banned.
The BBC reported that the UK government would consider allowing Abramovich to apply for a special license to sell the club, as long as he can show he would not benefit from the sale.
According to the BBC, the government said it would issue a special license that allows games to be played, club staff to be paid and current ticket holders to attend contests.
Chelsea, however, cannot sell any more tickets and its merchandise store will be closed, the BBC reported.
England prime minister Boris Johnson was quoted by the BBC “there can be no safe havens” for those who have supported the invasion.
“Today’s sanctions are the latest step in the UK’s unwavering support for the Ukrainian people,” Johnson said. “We will be ruthless in pursuing those who enable the killing of civilians, destruction of hospitals and illegal occupation of sovereign allies.”