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Simon Jordan Slams Roman Abramovich As 'One of The Worst Things To Happen To English Football' In Furious Rant

Daniel Marland

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Simon Jordan Slams Roman Abramovich As 'One of The Worst Things To Happen To English Football' In Furious Rant

Simon Jordan believes outgoing Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is 'one of the worst things to happen to English football' and has explained why.


Abramovich announced his intentions to sell the club last Wednesday amid Russia's invasion and military assault on Ukraine.

The 55-year-old has owned Chelsea since 2003 and they've won 19 major honours under his ownership, but the threat of sanctions from UK parliament are looming.

Jordan, who owned Premier League side Crystal Palace between 2000 and 2010, has slammed Abramovich and his lasting impact on the Premier League.

"With due respect, with the exception of Chelsea, Roman Abramovich was one of the worst things to happen to English football," he said on Monday's broadcast.

"We were on a direction of travel that was already upwards, our Premier League was already flying. What you did was create hyperinflation. You might've stopped the powerhouses that were [Manchester] United and Arsenal for a period of time but that was going to happen anyway.

"You changed the landscape by making football so financially unviable for your own reasons..."

Jordan went on to discuss Manchester City and Newcastle United's current ownership and claims the biggest winners are players and agents.

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

He continued: "Abramovich's legacy is what? For Chelsea, fabulous. For football in this country, I think it's awful."

Chelsea legend John Terry thanked Abramovich in a tribute tweet last week and was heavily criticised.

Labour MP Chris Bryant, one of the first MPs to ask about sanctions on Abramovich, slammed Terry which saw the former England captain hit out at his political history.

Last weekend saw Chelsea travel to Burnley and come away with a 4-0 win in their first league game since Abramovich's announcement.

The away end opted to chant the billionaire's name through a minute's applause for the people of Ukraine.

Manager Thomas Tuchel condemned the chanting in his post-match interview and called for everyone to be together in a time of hardship.

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

Tuchel said: "It's not the moment to do this. Listen, if we show solidarity, we show solidarity, and we should do it together.

"We take the knee together, and if an important person from our club or another club unfortunately dies, we show a minute of respect. It's not the moment to give other messages. It's the moment to show respect.

"We do this because this is what we are also as a club. We show respect as a club, and we need our fans to commit to this minute of applause.

"At this moment, we do it for Ukraine, and there is no second opinion about the situation there.

"They have our thoughts and our support. We should stand together as a club. It's not the moment for other messages."

Featured Image Credit: talkSPORT, Alamy & John Terry/Twitter

Topics: Chelsea, Premier League, Roman Abramovich

Daniel Marland
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