A Passionate Thomas Tuchel Condemns Chelsea Fans Chanting Roman Abramovich's Name, It's Gone Viral
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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has hit out at fans who chanted the name of owner Roman Abramovich in Saturday's 4-0 win over Burnley.
Prior to kick-off, Turf Moor held a minute's applause for the people of Ukraine and a number of the away support chanted for outgoing owner Abramovich.
The 55-year-old announced he would be selling the club on Wednesday following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Tuchel condemned the chanting in his post-match press conference and asked for unity in a troubling time.
"It was not the moment to do this."— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) March 5, 2022
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has reacted to Chelsea fans singing Roman Abramovich's name during Ukraine applause. pic.twitter.com/6uXhM5dNQp
He explained: "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."
Tuchel was asked about Abramovich's position as owner on Tuesday and stressed he finds it difficult to discuss the ongoing invasion.
Vladimir Putin ordered troops to launch a military assault last week and the conflict is ongoing.
Abramovich has owned Chelsea since 2003 and under his ownership, the Blues have won 19 trophies.
The billionaire is said to be looking for a buyer as the risk of sanctions from UK parliament rise.
Chelsea kept themselves on course for a top four finish with an emphatic victory over the Clarets.
It took them a while to get going and the scores were 0-0 after a rather uneventful first half.
Reece James scored two minutes into the second half however and Chelsea didn't look back.
Kai Havertz, who returned to the starting XI in place of Romelu Lukaku, scored twice before Christian Pulisic netted a fourth with 21 minutes to go.
Burnley remain in the relegation zone and have lost their last two.
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