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Jurgen Klopp calls for change in football after Chelsea sanctions
Jurgen Klopp has said football as a whole should “think more about where the money comes from” following the sanctions imposed on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
On Thursday, the government announced a series of far-reaching sanctions against the owner of the London club for what it sees as a close association with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who is currently waging war in neighboring Ukraine.
The measures include a block in ticket sales to home and away supporters, while no official merchandise can be purchased and the club is unable to negotiate contracts or sign new players.
Chelsea have essentially had their ability to generate profit frozen by the government, with the prime minister’s spokesman saying on Thursday that ‘the measures are clearly designed to punish Putin and ensure that the revenue generated does not reach the Russian war machine “.
Klopp said the punishment was not Chelsea’s fault but admitted he hoped it would lead to more relevant questions about where English football’s billions of pounds came from.
And the Liverpool manager said he was more than happy with the way Reds owners Fenway Sports Group operate at Anfield.