Trouble for Chelsea: Risk of points deduction looms over secret payments to Roman Abramovich

Chelsea risk points deduction over secret payments to Roman Abramovich

Chelsea is being investigated for alleged secret payments made by their former owner, Roman Abramovich, and there is a possibility that they may receive a points deduction as a result of this investigation.

The Premier League are already investigating alleged financial breaches regarding secret payments made by Chelsea to offshore companies.

Todd Boehly’s consortium uncovered these payments during the acquisition of the club from Abramovich, and promptly reported the irregularities to the Football Association, Premier League, and UEFA.

A recent report claimed the Premier League were looking at Willian and Samuel Eto’o’s transfers from Anzhi Makhachkala in August 2013.

Financial records allegedly show that payments, separate from any transfer fee, were made to “Russian entities”.

The Football Association are also believed to be investigating the club, while UEFA have already issued a £8.6m fine, but any further scrutiny will be limited because Europan football’s governing body can only focus on evidence from the last three years.

Following an investigation by The Guardian and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, further secret payments have come to light.

Leaked documents reportedly show a number of payments worth tens of millions of pounds delivered through offshore entities owned by Abramovich.

The secret transactions raise questions about whether Chelsea breached any rules, including Financial Fair Play regulations.

There is a risk that the investigation could result in punishments being handed out to Chelsea, such as a points deduction.

Possible beneficiaries are the agent of former Blues attacker Eden Hazard, an associate of ex-Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and several other individuals linked with the club.

Abramovich acquired the West London club in 2003, supervised the most prosperous era in the history of Chelsea before being compelled to divest in 2022 due to being subjected to sanctions as a consequence of Russia’s incursion into Ukraine.

Under his ownership, the Blues won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three EFL Cups, two Champions League trophies, two Europa League titles, a UEFA Super Cup and a Club World Cup.

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