Chelsea request behind close door match against Middlesbrough

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Chelsea have requested that the match against the Blues and Middlebrough should be played behind closed doors.

Chelsea have requested from the FA board that the FA cup against Middlesbrough should be played behind closed doors for a matter the club call to be a sporting integrity.

Chelsea are facing restriction issues due to the sanctions of the current owner on the club Roman Abramovic by the UK Government.

Chelsea are unable to sell tickets for the match and limited number of support have purchased the ticket before the imposed ban.

In other for it to look fair for the Chelsea supporters as the club believe it will due to their current situation the club have requested for a behind closed match.

A club statement read: “We are disappointed we will not be able to sell tickets for Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Middlesbrough.

“Despite engaging in extensive discussions with the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI), the deadline to purchase away tickets has passed without appropriate amendments being made to the Government licence which would allow a full allocation of Chelsea supporters to attend. Executives at Middlesbrough had been kind enough to extend their deadline for ticket sales and stadium allocation from 7.30pm last night until 9.30am this morning.

“It is important for the competition that the match against Middlesbrough goes ahead, however it is with extreme reluctance that we are asking the FA board to direct that the game be played behind closed doors for matters of sporting integrity. Chelsea FC recognises that such an outcome would have a huge impact on Middlesbrough and its supporters, as well as our own fans who have already bought the limited number of tickets that were sold before the licence was imposed, but we believe this is the fairest way of proceeding in the current circumstances.

“We will continue to discuss the issue of ticket sales with OFSI as there are a number of fixtures still to be played this season and we hope to reach a resolution.”



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