Chelsea give ticket update with financially-stricken club still unable to sell to fans as Government talks continue

CHELSEA have provided an update on the ticketing situation surrounding their upcoming Men's and Women's matches.

Last week the club was banned from selling match tickets as part of the sanctions placed on Chelsea as a result of Roman Abramovich having his assets frozen.

Chelsea have revealed they are in talks with the Government and pressing for them to allow tickets to be sold ahead of big ties in the Champions League and FA Cup.

A club statement on the current situation reads: "We are pressing the Government to allow our supporters to have access to tickets.

"Meetings are taking place daily in search of a resolution. In addition, the Premier League and FA are also discussing with the Government the sporting integrity issues raised if they do not permit fans to attend.

"We are aware of the high level of frustration our supporters are facing over this issue, and we are doing everything we can to resolve it as soon as possible."

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Chelsea should have a full away support in Lille on Tuesday as tickets were sold before the sanctions hit – but that is not the case for the trip to Middlesbrough on Saturday.

The Blues have sold some tickets but their allocation is not sold out – the club said it is awaiting further updates from the Government on the situation before tickets are put back up for sale.

Chelsea are in the same position in regard to their away game at Southampton on April 9.

As for home and Women's matches, the club have stated that fans with tickets are able to attend – although such a group will largely be made up of season ticket holders.

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Chelsea have also been badly hit in other areas as a result of the sanctions – with the club banned from selling merchandise.

Spending on away travel has also been limited at £20,000 which means Easyjet flights will likely replace the private jet players usually fly on.

But that could all change if Abramovich manages to sell the club soon, and there is no shortage of interest.

British tycoon Nick Candy has offered to help keep the club afloat until the end of the season before completing a £2billion takeover.

He was in attendance at Stamford Bridge for the win over Newcastle on Sunday but could be priced out of the club by Saudi Arabian billionaire Mohamed Alkhereiji.

Private consortium Saudi Media Group – led by Alkhereiji – has submitted a £2.7billion offer to buy the club.

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