CHELSEA is haemorrhaging money and sponsors after the UK government imposed sanctions on Roman Abramovich.
The Blues owner has also been banned by the Premier League from continuing as a director.
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The following companies are partners of the Chelsea club:
- EA Sports
- GO Markets
- Levy Restaurants
- MSC Cruises
- Yokohama tires
- Singer Capital Markets
Three are club sponsor Chelsea in a deal worth an estimated £40m-a-year.
But the mobile phone company released the following statement:
“In light of the government’s recently announced sanctions, we have asked Chelsea Football Club to temporarily suspend our sponsorship of the club, including the removal of our branding from the shirts and around the stadium until further notice.
“We recognize that this decision will have an impact on the many Chelsea fans who follow their team with passion.
“However, we believe that given the circumstances and the government sanction in place, it is the right thing to do.
“As a mobile network, the best way to support the people of Ukraine is to ensure that refugees arriving in the UK after the conflict and customers currently in Ukraine can stay in touch with the people who matter to them.
“Therefore, we are offering connectivity packages to all Ukrainians arriving in the UK and those in Ukraine.”
Carmaker Hyundai has suspended its £10m-a-year contract with the club.
Their statement read: “In the current circumstances, we have made the decision to suspend our marketing and communications activities with the Club until further notice.”
Food delivery service Zapp issued the following statement: “Given the continued uncertainty surrounding the ownership situation of Chelsea FC, our marketing activities with the club have been suspended while our partnership remains under review. .”
Nike are maintaining their kit sponsorship deal with Chelsea for the time being, according to The Athletic.
The sports retail giant has a 15-year kit sponsorship deal worth £900m so their move is a mega boost for the Blues.
Trivago is the first company to confirm that it will continue its partnership with Chelsea.
However, they have warned Roman Abramovich that they expect a sale of the club to be completed soon.
A statement from Trivago read: “As a global travel brand, we believe in connecting and bringing people together.
“These are values shared by Chelsea FC, an institution now 117 years old with a tradition so important to its fans and communities, both locally and globally, and that is why we have decided to partner with the club. Last year.
“The uncertainty over Chelsea’s current ownership situation has been difficult.
“Moving forward, it’s important for us to continue to support the club, the fans and the community and the essential work the Chelsea Foundation is doing to help those in need.
“We look forward to a transition of ownership as soon as possible and want to support the club in this process.
“We will provide any updates to our business relationship as and when appropriate.
“As a corporate citizen of the world, we cannot tolerate the unprovoked and catastrophic invasion of Ukraine.
“We believe in a free world, free speech and peace.
“We are continuing our efforts with our teams to support humanitarian efforts and alleviate the suffering of the affected population.
“We stand with Ukraine.”