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Premier League launches investigation into potential financial rule breaches by Chelsea under Roman Abramovich

The Premier League has launched an investigation into potential financial rule breaches during Roman Abramovich’s tenure as Chelsea owner.

The scrutiny follows disclosures by the club’s new owners that brought to light a series of financial transactions between 2012 and 2019.

According to Sky Sports, the investigation’s focal point lies in the payments amounting to millions of pounds directed towards secret offshore companies. 

The specifics of these transactions are shrouded in mystery, but some of these offshore entities are linked to football agents and intermediaries. 

However, the veil of secrecy surrounding certain companies has made it challenging to determine the ultimate beneficiaries behind these deals.

Intriguingly, the rumours hint at potential connections with Russia.

One of the transactions under the microscope pertains to a payment made to a player’s family. 

It is widely believed that this particular payment involved Andreas Christensen’s father before the defender joined Chelsea’s academy from Brondby. 

This specific incident has drawn additional attention as it has been investigated before.

The Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital consortium, which acquired the club for £2.5 billion last year, reported the alleged financial irregularities.

The club now finds itself facing the possibility of severe sanctions from the Premier League even though any potential rule breaches happened during Abramovich’s ownership. 

These could include hefty fines and even points deductions – casting a shadow over Chelsea’s prospects.

Amidst the ongoing investigations, at least six offshore companies have been identified as recipients of significant payments. These payments are linked to player transfers and involve seven-figure sums. 

These transactions were not disclosed in the club’s annual financial reports to the relevant football authorities – the FA, Premier League and UEFA.

As the Premier League delves deeper into the club’s financial affairs, the spotlight is now firmly fixed on Chelsea. 

Questions abound over how this investigation will impact the club’s legacy and the broader implications for financial transparency within the sport. 

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