Chelsea have withdrawn their request to play a match in the FA Cup behind closed doors after an investigation found no evidence of racist chanting. Officials will now decide whether or not Middlesbrough fans were responsible for alleged racial abuse.
Chelsea withdrew their request to play a FA Cup tie with Middlesbrough behind closed doors. The club did not want to risk any player’s safety.
In the fifth round of the FA Cup, Chelsea defeated Luton 3-2.
The Football Association has confirmed that Chelsea’s request for Saturday’s FA Cup fixture against Middlesbrough to be played behind closed doors has been withdrawn.
Chelsea first requested the information “for the sake of sports integrity.”
“The club has decided to withdraw their request after fruitful conversations between the FA and Chelsea,” the FA stated.
“The FA is continuing to work with Chelsea, the Premier League, and the government to find a solution that allows both Chelsea and away supporters to attend games at Stamford Bridge while ensuring sanctions are adhered to.”
Chelsea expressed its gratitude for the FA’s “ongoing attempts to assist us in finding a solution.”
The government is working with football authorities to enable more Chelsea fans to attend away games, but any adjustments must guarantee “no more money can be made since the club is owned by a person already sanctioned in the UK,” according to the prime minister’s official spokesman.
Middlesbrough have released an extra 3,200 tickets to its fans after Chelsea returned them to the club due to government fines.
The Championship club had said that they would “in the strongest possible terms” contest the “bizarre” and “ironic” request to play the quarter-final behind closed doors, which was expected to be debated at an FA meeting on Wednesday.
“Chelsea and sports integrity do not belong in the same phrase,” Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson told the Athleticexternal-link before the proposal was abandoned.
“Where is the intelligence of Bruce Buck, Chelsea’s chairman, who has been an apologist for his owner, where the trophies won over the last 19 years have come from Abramovich’s dirty money?” Gibson went on to say.
“Where is the chairman of Chelsea’s intelligence when it comes to playing his games in front of his season-ticket holders at home? Does he want to play all of his away games in front of empty stadiums?”
“Abramovich has been booted from football, and Bruce Buck should be booted as well.”
The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust has previously requested that the proposal be withdrawn, claiming that it “does not assist” any supporters.
Chelsea wants to keep their’sporting integrity’ intact.
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Chelsea had sold between 500 and 600 tickets out of a total of 4,620 before the club’s license limitations took effect on March 10th.
The safeguard was put in place to prevent billionaire Roman Abramovich from benefitting from the sale of Chelsea.
After the UK government sanctioned him for his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, he was barred from becoming a club director and the sale of Chelsea was postponed.
Chelsea stated they approached the FA with “great reluctance” and asked to play Saturday’s game behind closed doors “for reasons of sports integrity.”
“We recognize that such an outcome would have a huge impact on Middlesbrough and its supporters, as well as our own fans who have already purchased the limited number of tickets that were sold before the license was imposed,” Chelsea said in a statement. “However, we believe this is the fairest way to proceed in the current circumstances.”
“To imply as a consequence that MFC and our supporters should be penalized is not only extremely unjust but without any substance,” Middlesbrough, who have knocked out Premier League giants Manchester United and Tottenham in this year’s tournament, reacted.
“Given the grounds for these punishments, Chelsea’s attempt to use sports ‘purity’ as justification for the game being played behind closed doors is ridiculous.”
The government is debating whether or not to increase ticket sales.
Chelsea stated on Monday that they were speaking with the government on a daily basis “in pursuit of a resolution” to the ticketing problem, and that the Premier League and FA had also talked to the government about the possible sports integrity concerns mentioned.
The government approved a change to Chelsea’s license last week, enabling the club to spend £900,000 on home game expenses, up from the £500,000 established on Thursday.
Away charges, on the other hand, are still limited at £20,000 per game.
The government is in “discussions” with Chelsea, according to Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston, “to look at ways we may perhaps facilitate more ticket sales.”
Huddleston claimed license adjustments done so far were “exactly to avoid” Chelsea from going into administration, speaking at a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) event concerning the role of Russian money in club ownership and sponsorship.
Tuchel says his travel demands are more about injuries than bling.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says his team has made adaptations to travel with a £20,000 budget for the Champions League last 16 second leg against Lille on Wednesday.
The average cost of travel for a Premier League away match is almost £30,000, with European away matches costing much more.
Tuchel said the players’ travel demands were more concerned with preventing soft-tissue injuries amid a hectic schedule than with “luxury and bling bling.”
“This is basically a professional level of sports,” he said, “where we play two days between matches and our opponent plays four days between matches, and we come with the possibility of injury.” “It is preferable to come by aircraft rather than bus for it.”
“From what I gather, we have a plan in place to play in Lille with no excuses.”
“It is already more difficult to organize things on a professional level, in the best possible manner, for the FA Cup in terms of these organizations.”
“However, we’ll deal with it.” We’ll remain competitive and strive hard for our success as long as we have jerseys and are ‘alive’ as a team. We owe it to those who believe in us.
“We’re in the limelight, and it’s up to us to make the most of it. We’ll make it happen.”
Chelsea’s FA Cup quarter-final versus Middlesbrough will be shown live on One, iPlayer, and the Sport website on Saturday at 17:15 GMT.
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It has been said that sport is important. Chelsea had never expected the Football Association to accede to their proposal.
It was done, however, to attempt to convince the authorities to appreciate the nuances of the situation.
Chelsea is entitled to 45 percent of the gate proceeds from Saturday’s game under FA regulations. In principle, this should bring in over £300,000 for the Blues.
However, they have no clue whether they will get the cash – or if it will be withheld in accordance with the conditions of the government-issued special license under which they are operating.
They have home games against Brentford and West Ham scheduled for April, as well as a Champions League quarter-final and FA Cup semi-final to contend with. Chelsea will lose millions of pounds if they are not permitted to sell tickets, which may have a major negative effect on the club.
Chelsea withdrew their request to play a FA Cup tie with Middlesbrough behind closed doors. The club cited the “Europa League” as one of the reasons for not wanting to play in front of a smaller crowd. Reference: europa league.
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