MP for Chelsea and Fulham Writes to Residents
Greg Hands at a vaccination event at Stamford Bridge last year wiith Chairman Bruce Buck and NW London NHS head Julian Redhead. Picture: Facebook
I hope you are well.
I would firstly like to welcome the recent news that the special licence granted to Chelsea FC has been amended to allow Chelsea fans to purchase tickets for Premier League away matches, cup games (including the upcoming FA cup and Champions League fixtures) and women’s fixtures.
Revenue generated from the sale of these tickets will go via the Premier League to the relevant competition organiser or the home club, rather than Chelsea FC, in order to remain compliant with current sanctions. The additional revenue the Premier League receives from Chelsea ticket sales will be donated to charities helping Ukrainian refugees.
This is positive news for Chelsea & Fulham, ensuring that Chelsea fans and the local community are not punished for the actions of President Putin and his associates.
During this period, I have met with Chelsea FC, the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust and the Chelsea Pitch Owners, where we have agreed that any prospective owners must prioritise the local fans and the local community in their future plans.
As a result, I have therefore accepted meeting requests from all prospective owners who have asked to meet with me. These include Tom Ricketts, Bob Finch and the Centricus-led consortium, Sir Martin Broughton and Lord Coe, and the Todd Boehly-led consortium.
In these meetings, I emphasised the importance of placing fans and the local community at the heart of this process and encouraged them to meet with the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust, the Chelsea Pitch Owners, the Chelsea Women Supporters Group and other key stakeholders if they had not done already.
Furthermore, the future of the Stamford Bridge stadium is an important issue and I have consistently stressed that the Chelsea FC stadium must stay in the two boroughs, preferably at its present site, where it has been for more than a century. Whatever the future owners decide to do with the stadium, it is essential that the local community is consulted fully and that the best outcome for local residents and fans is achieved.
As you may know, I am the Minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change and the sale of the club is therefore outside my remit, and I am not formally part of the sale process. However, as the MP for Chelsea & Fulham, I will continue to encourage all prospective owners and eventually the actual owners to put the local community first.
The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP
Member of Parliament for Chelsea and Fulham
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April 4, 2022