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The world of sports is starting to stay away from Russia

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Sunday, February 27 2022 – 08:17 WIB

VIVA – Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is upset about the uncertainty surrounding the future of Blues owner Roman Abramovich after Russia invaded Ukraine, despite his squad facing a very important match against Liverpool in the League Cup final on 27 February.

Abramovich, who bought Chelsea in 2003, has not yet been sanctioned by the UK, but his name was already mentioned in parliament when Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled sweeping sanctions against Russia shortly after Moscow invaded Kiev.

The same anxiety surrounds Everton fans regarding the future of their owner and Russian businessman, Alisher Usmanov.

British Labor MP Margaret Hodge called for Abramovich and Usmanov to be sanctioned for being part of “the kleptocrats who steal from the Russian people.”

Manchester United, on the other hand, is in pain because it has to terminate the sponsorship contract of the Russian airline, Aeroflot, after Boris Johnson banned a number of Russian national companies from operating in England, including Aeroflot which provides the Red Devils with an income of 8 million pounds per season.

Half of the total stake in the airline, which was founded in 1923, is owned by the Russian government, which was the subject of British sanctions, and a number of other Western countries, shortly after President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine.

MU submits to the government so that it terminates the sponsorship relationship that has been woven since 2019, 18 months before the contract expires. MU did not oppose the British government, on the contrary conveyed a message of solidarity to Ukraine and opposed the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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