Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's UK visa not renewed - report

20/05/2018 at 13:55Updated 20/05/2018 at 15:38

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich did not attend Saturday’s FA Cup final win over Manchester United because he has not had his UK visa renewed, the Financial Times reports.

" The Kremlin-connected, London-based Mr Abramovich — who, with a net worth of £9.3bn, is Britain’s 13th-richest man according to the Sunday Times — has returned to Russia after his investor visa ran out, according to two people close to him. UK authorities have yet to renew Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich’s visa after it expired last month, three people close to the billionaire have told the FT, as geopolitical tensions rise between Moscow and the west."

Abramovich brought Chelsea in July 2003 but has never obtained a residency visa in the UK.

His money has bankrolled a golden era in Chelsea's history with five league titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, the Europa League and Champions League.

Relations between the United Kingdom and Russian have been difficult since the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in Salisbury on March 4.