Chelsea fans attend Stamford Bridge for the first time since sanctions hit owner Roman Abramovich

Chelsea fans are attending their first match at Stamford Bridge since the government launched sanctions against owner Roman Abramovich.

Thomas Tuchel’s side host Newcastle in a 2pm kick off and thousands of seats will be left empty for the Premier League clash.

As part of the sanctions, the club were unable to sell any further tickets for the match or sell merchandise – meaning that the club shop has been fenced off for today’s game.

There will be fans in attendance as existing ticket holders are still able to go and see games.

Abramovich had been sanctioned on the back of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Russian oligarch’s have been targeted since the start of the war and Abramovich was known to be an ally of president Vladimir Putin.

More to follow…

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