Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Roman Abramovich stops Chelsea's Stamford Bridge development in London

Roman Abramovich stops Chelsea's Stamford Bridge development in London

The decision comes as owner Roman Abramovich, 51, finds himself at the centre of a visa row.

Chelsea issued a statement on Thursday, May 31, saying work on their new stadium in west London would be suspended indefinitely because of the "unfavorable investment climate".

"No further pre-construction and planning work will occur".

It was expected that Chelsea would play at an alternative venue, probably Wembley, until the start of the 2020-2021 season when the new stadium would be ready.

He is the most high-profile Russian investor in Britain and his decision could lead other oligarchs to withdraw investments amid worsening diplomatic relations following the Salisbury poisoning in March. Chelsea does not have a time frame for reconsidering its decision, according to a statement on the club's website.

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The Premier League side were planning to redevelop Stamford Bridge and turn it into a 60,000 seater, 165ft new ground.

Last year, London mayor Sadiq Khan approved the 500 million pound redevelopment, although the estimated cost of the project has risen since.

At a time when Premier League clubs have more wealth than ever before, it hints at some deep problems behind the scenes at Chelsea. If the reports are true that Abramovich has indeed withdrawn his United Kingdom visa request, it may be too late to persuade the Russian billionaire to continbue investing in the UK.

A spokesman for Abramovich was not immediately available for comment.

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