Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has announced that he is handing stewardship of the club to trustees of its charitable foundation.
In a statement, the Russian billionaire said: “During my nearly 20-year ownership of Chelsea FC, I have always viewed my role as a custodian of the club, whose job it is ensuring that we are as successful as we can be today, as well as build for the future, while also playing a positive role in our communities.
“I have always taken decisions with the club’s best interest at heart. I remain committed to these values. That is why I am today giving trustees of Chelsea’s charitable foundation the stewardship and care of Chelsea FC.
“I believe that currently they are in the best position to look after the interests of the Club, players, staff, and fans.”
The move comes in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and almost 20 years after the 55-year-old’s takeover of the west London club.