Chelsea and Newcastle fans reportedly clashed outside Stamford Bridge ahead of the two clubs’ Premier League showdown. The two teams met for the second time this season at Stamford Bridge.
There was an air of grief in west London on Sunday as Chelsea hosted their first game since owner Roman Abramovich put the club up for sale.
The Russian oligarch is looking to offload the Blues after his country invaded Ukraine.
Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK government this week and Chelsea are now unable to sell match tickets or open their club shop.
And, according to The Telegraphthere was a tense atmosphere outside the stadium after a skirmish between opposition supporters near Britannia Gate.
There was a heavy police presence and one supporter was seen bleeding from the back of his head.
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The sale of the club had been temporarily halted after Abramovich froze its assets – but the Russian has now been given the green light to seek a deal.
The government have reportedly given bidders until the end of next week to formalize the offers – so the club’s future is completely uncertain.
The situation unfolding at Stamford Bridge is completely opposite to that of St James’ Park, as Newcastle appear to be in a good position after being taken over by a Saudi-led consortium last October.
And the Magpies now have the financial backing to become one of the best teams in Europe in the future.
There was clearly tension at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as fans tried to digest the club’s dramatic off-field setback.
And the unsavory scenes between the two groups of supporters would obviously have been very badly received.
Chelsea have been in decent form over the past two months and have won their last four Premier League matches in a row.
On Thursday night they beat Norwich 3-1 less than a week after beating Burnley 4-0.
But a host of stars are now believed to be seriously considering their future at Stamford Bridge, with some likely to push to walk away.
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