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Chelsea fans responded to a minute's applause in tribute to Ukraine by chanting Roman Abramovich's name, ahead of the Blues' game with Burnley.
Club owner Abramovich has decided to put Chelsea up for sale, following calls for sanctions to seize the club from him, in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
The Russian, and his Premier League team, have come under criticism for the inability to condemn the actions of President Vladimir Putin, even if Abramovich's daughter did.
Former players and fans of the club have instead decided to back the billionaire, who has bankrolled all their success in the past 19 years, and it came in a big way on Saturday.
Before kick off in their league game at Turf Moor, the two sides stood for a minute's applause to show solidarity with Ukraine but fans of the away team started chanting in support of their owner instead, with Burnley fans booing them in turn.
Pretty disgusting from Chelsea fans as they chant Roman Abramovich's name during the show of respect for Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/lG7u058nw4— Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) March 5, 2022
Minutes applause in solidarity with Ukraine at Turf Moor - Chelsea fans chant 'Roman Abramovich' over the top of it.— Simon Evans (@sgevans) March 5, 2022
Not sure if it was picked up on TV coverage but during the show of solidarity for Ukraine here at Turf Moor, Chelsea supporters started up a Roman Abramovich chant.— Adam Newson (@AdamNewson) March 5, 2022
Which, let's face it, is pretty stupid and distasteful.
Crowd at Turf Moor stands and applauds to show solidarity with Ukraine. Chelsea fans interrupt with chants of 'Roman Abramovich, Roman Abramovich'.— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) March 5, 2022
Chelsea fans chant “Roman Abramovich” during an applause to show solidarity to Ukraine.— James Robson (@jamesrobsonES) March 5, 2022
Roundly booed by Burnley fans #chelsea
Good show of players and fans solidarity with Ukraine at the start of the Burnley v Chelsea match… followed immediately by Chelsea fans loudly chanting Roman Abramovich’s name. pic.twitter.com/xgx91lOk7V— Boff Whalley (@boffwhalley) March 5, 2022
Fans who were 'upset' at the fact that their owner is selling have already been slammed by club legend Pat Nevin, who told them their tears needed to be placed elsewhere.
John Terry led the tributes to the 55-year-old club owner, posting a picture of the pair of them together on social media, following the announcement the club would be sold.
The former Blues captain has now hit out at MP Chris Bryant, the first person to call on the club to be seized from Abramovich, calling out his history as a politician during the expenses scandal and Iraq war.