MP for Chelsea and Fulham Writes to Residents
Thomas Tuchel congratulates players at end of season. Picture: Chelsea FC
The Government has now announced that it has issued a licence that permits the sale of Chelsea FC to the Todd Boehly consortium. This is great news for Chelsea fans who can expect a return to normality next season after a period of uncertainty.
I have been the MP for the club since 2005 and am keenly aware of the importance of the club to the local community and the local, national and worldwide fan base.
During the sale process, I therefore personally engaged extensively with Ministers and officials at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and with HM Treasury, who administered the sanctions regime. As I said on the first day of the sanctions, it was essential to punish Vladimir Putin and his associates and the Russian war machine, not fans or my local Chelsea & Fulham community.
Furthermore, I met with Chelsea FC, the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust and the Chelsea Pitch Owners where we spoke about how important it was for any future owners to place the Chelsea fans at the heart of their future plans.
In addition, I accepted meeting requests from all prospective owners who contacted me. Whilst the sale of the club was outside my remit as Minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change, as the MP for Chelsea and Fulham, I emphasised to them that the local community and local fans must not be forgotten and must be consulted in future decisions, including any plans regarding the stadium.
Football clubs are a significant part of our cultural identity and both our local clubs contribute to our community in Chelsea & Fulham. I hope and expect the new Chelsea owners to take this into account in any decisions they make in the future.
The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP
Member of Parliament for Chelsea and Fulham
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May 27, 2022