CHELSEA fans CAN buy tickets for the FA Cup semi-final and future Champions League games this season.
After two weeks of negotiations between the club and the Government following sanctions on owner Roman Abramovich, DCMS chiefs announced a series of amendments to the club’s operating licence.
One of the relaxed clauses means Abramovich-controlled parent company Fordstam is permitted to put in £30million and ensure Thomas Tuchel’s side finish the Premier League campaign before the club is sold.
On the ticket front, Chelsea fans will be entitled to purchase seats for the Wembley last-four cup clash with Crystal Palace on the weekend of April 16/17 and both legs of their European quarter-final versus Real Madrid on April 6 and 12.
The Blues can also sell tickets to supporters for Premier League away games and visiting fans for league matches at Stamford Bridge will be able to attend under the new conditions.
But Chelsea remain banned from selling any more HOME match tickets for the rest of their Prem fixtures this season, meaning their 41,000-capacity ground in London will likely have an attendance of just over 30,000.
There is an exception for fans of Chelsea women, who play their Super League matches at Kingstonians, to avoid empty stands.
Sports minister Nigel Huddleston said: “I would like to thank fans for their patience while we have engaged with the football authorities to make this possible.
“Since Roman Abramovich was added to the UK’s sanctions list for his links to [Russian president] Vladimir Putin we have worked extensively to ensure the club can continue to play football while ensuring the sanctions regime continues to be enforced.”
Under the revised regulations, the strict condition is not a single penny of the ticket revenue goes into the hands of Abramovich.
Ticket sales from FA Cup and Champions League matches will go via the Premier League to the relevant competition organiser or home club rather than Chelsea ‘to remain compliant’ with the current sanctions against the Russian billionaire.
In the Prem, Blues fans can purchase match tickets to future away fixtures with the revenue going to the home club as per league rules.
Visiting fans are able to buy tickets for the final four league matches when Chelsea host Arsenal, Wolves, Leicester and Watford.
The league confirmed last night that monies that ‘would normally have gone to Chelsea’ – usually £90,000 in income from the maximum 3,000 away fans at Stamford Bridge for each game – will be donated to charity to benefit the victims of the war in Ukraine.
Likewise, money raised by Chelsea ticket sales for the FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace, their Champions League last-eight clash with Real Madrid and any future ties will go to the FA or Uefa respectively “to remain compliant” with the sanctions against Abramovich.
A Premier League spokesperson said: “The revised licence allows fans to attend Chelsea FC games; Chelsea fans to travel to away Premier League fixtures and attend the FA Cup, Uefa Champions League and WSL games.
“The Premier League will receive and hold any revenue from the sale of these tickets that would normally have gone to Chelsea.
“Chelsea requested, and the Premier League agreed, that this revenue will be donated to charity to benefit victims of the war in Ukraine.
“The charities will be announced in due course.”
Chelsea next host local rivals Brentford in the Premier League on April 2.
Bidders for the West London club had until last Friday to submit their offers to the Raine Group overseeing the sale.
Prospective buyers currently face an anxious wait to see if they have made the final shortlist of buyers.
More than 20 bids are understood to have been lodged.
Among the frontrunners are believed to be the Ricketts family, Todd Boehly, Sir Martin Broughton and Nick Candy.