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UK Seizes Chelsea From Roman Abramovich

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UK Freezes Bank Account Of Abramovich's Chelsea

The British government continues to move against oligarchs suspected to be in support of the Russian war in Ukraine as it has seized Chelsea football club from owner Roman Abramovich.

Abramovich has been sanctioned by the UK government as part of its response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

He is one of seven oligarchs to be hit with fresh sanctions, including asset freezes and travel bans.

The list also includes billionaires Igor Sechin and Oleg Deripaska, both seen as allies of Vladimir Putin.

READ ALSO: Amid Ukraine Crisis, Roman Abramovich Hands Chelsea Over To Charitable Organization

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said “there can be no safe havens” for those who have supported the invasion.

“Today’s sanctions are the latest step in the UK’s unwavering support for the Ukrainian people. We will be ruthless in pursuing those who enable the killing of civilians, destruction of hospitals and illegal occupation of sovereign allies,” Johnson said.

BBC Sport reports the Premier League was informed 15 minutes before it was announced.

The government is putting in place a licence to ensure the club can fulfil its fixtures, staff and players can be paid, and as a significant cultural asset that it can continue.

Season ticket holders can still attend games they have tickets for but the club can not now sell any more tickets that haven’t been sold already

The merchandise shop will be closed.

 

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AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Get Easy Opponents

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AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Get Easy Opponents

Super Eagles of Nigeria will face the likes of Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau and Sao Tome and Principe in their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying games.

The draw was conducted on Tuesday evening.

The Super Eagles failed to get past the Round of 16 in the last edition of the tournament played in January/February in Cameroon this year.

READ ALSO: Ex-Super Eagles Player Christopher Slumps, Dies

While the Eagles where in group A, current holders Senegal are in Group L with Benin Republic, Mozambique and Rwanda.

Full list:

Group A: Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Sa o Tome e Principe or Mauritius
Group B: Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Togo, Eswatini
Group C: Cameroon, Kenya, Namibia, Burundi
Group D: Egypt, Guinea, Malawi, Ethiopia
Group E: Ghana, Madagascar, Angola, Central African Republic
Group F: Algeria, Uganda, Niger, Tanzania

Group G: Mali, Congo Brazzaville, Gambia, South Sudan
Group H: Ivory Coast (hosts), Zambia, Comoros, Lesotho
Group I: Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Mauritania, Sudan
Group J: Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Botswana
Group K: Morocco, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Liberia

Group L: Senegal (holders), Benin, Mozambique, Rwanda
Dates

May 30-June 14: Matchdays 1, 2
Sept 19-27: Matchdays 3, 4
March 20-28, 2023: Matchdays 5, 6

 

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Christiano Ronaldo’s Son Is Dead

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Manchester United playmaker Cristiano Ronaldo, has announced the passing of his son.

The five times Ballon d’Or winner, revealed this through his social media pages on Monday.

A statement jointly signed by the couple reads: “It is with our deepest sadness that we announce the passing of our baby boy. It’s the greatest pain any parent can feel.

READ ALSO: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Son Officially Joins Manchester United

“Only the birth of our baby girl gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness.

“We would like to thank the doctors and nurses for all their expert care and support. We are all devastated at this loss and we kindly ask for privacy at this very difficult time,” they wrote.

 

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NFF: Why I’ll Step Down – Amaju Pinnick

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NFF: Why I'll Step Down - Amaju Pinnick

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick has disclosed that he will not be seeking  a third term when his current tenure expires.

Pinnick who has been in charge of the NFF since 2014 was asked to resign after the national team failed to qualify for the world cup finals in Qatar later this year.

He has now revealed that his time at the Glass House might be coming to  an end as it has taken a toll on his relationship with his family over the years.

READ ALSO: Why NFF Sacked Gernot Rohr – Pinnick

Amaju Pinnick while responding  to questions on Arise TV  said: “I’m eligible to run based on the statue. Do I want to run?, it’s a no-no, my family is very key to me, they said it’s taking a toll on me and the family.

“They believed that I’ve done my best and it’s time to move on . It’s a regrettable decision, but it’s the best,” Pinnick told Arise TV.

 

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