Towards a points withdrawal for Chelsea? On the road to recovery after beating Tottenham (4-1) then hanging on to Manchester City (4-4) in the Premier League, the Blues saw a case fall on them. This Wednesday, The Guardian explains that the London club finds itself “confronted with new questions” following the revelation of an investigation. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (CIJI) reveals that the former Russian owner of Chelsea (2003-2022), Roman Abramovitch, allegedly violated the rules of financial fair play by concealing numerous payments to undercut official expenses. of the institution.
The oligarch close to Vladimir Putin is said to have paid, out of his own pocket, tens of millions of euros to agents of players and coaches via offshore companies, including one based in the British Virgin Islands. The Cyprus Confidential investigation, which reveals the information via several media, cites Conibair Holdings. This offshore company, belonging to Abramovitch, would have notably concluded a contractual agreement involving a payment of more than 11.2 million euros to Federico Pastorello, Italian agent of Antonio Conte, coach of the Blues between 2016 and 2018. The same day, Conte extended his contract on the club bench. The then Chelsea boss used his illegal methods on several occasions, with the transfer of Eden Hazard also cited in the investigation.
Now what do the Blues risk? Already fined this year by UEFA for financial fair play violations, the current 10th in the English championship is also in the sights of the English Football Federation and the Premier League. Investigating the period 2012-2019, which corresponds to the passages of Antonio Conte and Eden Hazard, the authorities would look into the questionable transfers, made in 2013, of the Brazilian Willian and Samuel Eto'o. The payments for these transactions could have breached English and European financial rules, exposing Chelsea to heavy fines or even the withdrawal of points. To be continued.