Chelsea bank accounts temporarily frozen following UK government decision to impose sanctions on Roman Abramovich

Chelsea’s tumultuous week has taken another turn for the worse with news that Barclays have temporarily frozen the club’s bank accounts.

The Blues have been hit by news that the UK government imposed sanctions on owner Roman Abramovich on Thursday which limited their ability to operate.

The government said Chelsea could continue with their football program and on Friday a spokesman for the Prime Minister said Downing Street was considering easing restrictions to facilitate day-to-day operations.

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However, this was followed by news that their bank accounts had been frozen by Barclays.

The bank said the decision was made as it needed time to assess the license granted to the club by the UK government.

According to Sky Sports, Chelsea hope the freezing of their bank accounts will be lifted shortly.

While news of the bank account freeze has dealt another blow to the club, they remain in talks with the government – according to the Telegraph’s Matt Law.

Laws says Blues officials have crafted a “doomsday scenario” which could see the club go bankrupt if their license is not amended.

Chelsea, who beat Norwich City on Thursday night, will face Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

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