Roman Abramovich’s statement on his ownership of Chelsea has been slammed by Micah Richards, while the Premier League club have been urged to give clarity after being ‘thrown into turmoil’ by the announcement.
On Saturday, Abramovich made a statement saying he is ‘giving trustees of Chelsea’s charitable foundation the stewardship and care’ of the club.
Russian billionaire Abramovich, who will remain the London club’s owner, made the decision amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
‘I have always taken decisions with the club’s best interest at heart,’ he said in a rare statement. ‘I remain committed to these values. That is why I am today giving trustees of Chelsea’s charitable Foundation the stewardship and care of Chelsea FC.
‘I believe that currently they are in the best position to look after the interests of the club, players, staff, and fans.’
But former Manchester City player Richards was underwhelmed by Abramovich’s ‘poor’ statement and said there was ‘so many questions’ that still need to be answered by the club.
‘We need more than that,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘After all the devastation we’ve seen in Ukraine, to just come out with that statement is poor.
‘They could do a lot more than that. There’s so many questions that need to be answered. What does the statement even mean? It’s almost written in code.’
Former Chelsea and England player Karen Carney, meanwhile, said: ‘The word I keep coming back to right now is uncertainty. ‘We need clarity of what’s going to happen to the football club but it throws it in massive turmoil.
‘It’s very new to everyone and a lot of people need more clarity than that statement. There’s a lot of questions that still need answering.’
Chelsea have won every trophy available under the ownership of Russian billionaire Abramovich.