Jurgen Klopp has applauded the UK Government decision to sanction Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
On Thursday, the UK government froze Abramovich’s assets due to his ties to Vladimir Putin in the midst of Russia’s continuing invasion of Ukraine.
The Blues may continue to function under a special license until May 31, but they are not permitted to sell tickets, merchandise, or purchase and sell players for the moment.
On all this, Klopp said:
Thomas [Tuchel] and I know each other but we are not that close that we chat around the games yes but not in other moments.
For him and the players and all the employees at Chelsea it’s not something they are responsible for what is happening around them.
Who should be blamed though?
One man is really responsible and that’s Vladimir Putin.
I don’t know about Roman Abramovich’s role in these kinds of things but over the years you could guess maybe he is pretty close.
I think what the British government did was right to be 100 percent honest but it is still not cool for all the people at Chelsea and the supporters, I get that but I think the things the government did were right.
Abramovich is one of seven more Russian oligarchs who had sanctions placed on them by the British government on Thursday following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.