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Chairman Wontumi’s Dream Of Buying Chelsea Dashed As UK Freezes Assets Of Owner

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The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi Boasiako, popularly known as Chairman Wontumi, will not be able to buy Chelsea again even at the starting price of £3 billion.

This Is coming after Chelsea Football Club owner, Roman Abramovich, announced that his assets in the UK have been seized and that Chelsea are currently operating under a special licence.

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This means that Chelsea can not sell new tickets for matches, including games in the European Champions League, and the club’s merchandise stores will be closed.

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The sanctions by the UK government, therefore, rules out any potential buyers taking over the Premier League club despite Abramovich’s decision to sell.

The U.K. froze the assets of Abramovich, as Boris Johnson’s government dramatically stepped up its sanctions against prominent Russians over the invasion of Ukraine.

Abramovich and six others face a full asset freeze and travel ban, and are prohibited from transacting with U.K. citizens or businesses.

Johnson has faced intense pressure to accelerate sanctions against Russians the government regards as having close links to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“There can be no safe havens for those who have supported Putin’s vicious assault on Ukraine,” Johnson said.

“We will be ruthless in pursuing those who enable the killing of civilians, destruction of hospitals and illegal occupation of sovereign allies.”

The latest measures are worth an estimated 15 billion pounds ($20 billion), according to the U.K. They bring to 18 the number of wealthy Russians sanctioned since the invasion of Ukraine, as well as Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

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