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      Re: Chelsea
      Reply #3887: Sep 07, 2023 04:51:32 pm
      I thought that club's way of doing things under Abrahamovic was pretty stupid, but at least it bared some results. Inconsistent results that required lots of money, but results nonetheless.

      This Boehly guy tho. Wow. You've got to wonder what will happen with all those 5 to 8 year contracts they've dished out like its candy. They seem to have kept the revolving door policy when it comes to their managers, but now also hire managers that are specifically the opposite type of manager you hire when you have such policy in place. This means that we can assume its only a question of time before Pochetino is shown the door which is going to exacerbate the problem even more, especially if they can't replace him with one of those ''instant success'' type of managers à la Mourinho or Conte who will come in, coach for a year or two and leave your club in total shambles, but at least you'll have won a trophy or two.

      Some of those players will have no problem sitting there for the rest of their prison sentence type contract, but some others will ask for a move away in a season or so from now if they keep looking this sh*t. Are you going to be able to sell those guys at prices remotely close to what you bought them for. I guess Saudi Arabia will come to the rescue.

      I have little faith in FFP, but even then. There's only so many billions you can spend before UEFA and the PL feel the need put on some sort of a show to make it look like they are doing their jobs.
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      Reply #3888: Sep 13, 2023 01:00:16 am
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      Reply #3889: Nov 04, 2023 03:28:10 pm
      Emma Hayes leaving Chelsea at end of season to pursue interest outside WSL and club football.

      Next England women's manager?
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      Reply #3890: Nov 04, 2023 04:55:20 pm
      Emma Hayes leaving Chelsea at end of season to pursue interest outside WSL and club football.

      Next England women's manager?

      Nah she's going in I'm A Celeb.
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      Reply #3891: Nov 05, 2023 01:42:53 pm

      Or USA manager according to the report I heard on SSN last night.
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      Reply #3892: Nov 06, 2023 05:14:38 am
      c**t$
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      Reply #3893: Nov 15, 2023 02:33:38 pm
      Chelsea FC face new questions over how Roman Abramovich funded success

      Chelsea FC face fresh questions over how its former owner Roman Abramovich funded the club’s success, after leaked files revealed a string of secret payments that may have breached strict football rules, including those on “financial fair play”.

      Experts said the transactions, uncovered through a joint investigation by the Guardian and international partners, could lead to the Premier League imposing punishments on Chelsea, such as a deduction of points.   

      Beneficiaries appear to include the agent of the star player Eden Hazard, an associate of the title-winning manager Antonio Conte and Chelsea FC officials. Other payments appear to have been connected to the purchase of the players Willian and Samuel Eto’o.

      The payments have come to light thanks to an international investigation known as Cyprus Confidential, a cache of 3.6m offshore records leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and Germany’s Paper Trail Media, which shared access with the Guardian, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) and other media.   

      Chelsea’s finances are already being examined by the Premier League in an investigation that runs from 2012 to 2019, after the west London club’s new ownership regime voluntarily reported that “incomplete financial information” had been submitted during Abramovich’s tenure.                 

      The Football Association confirmed to the Guardian that it is also investigating Chelsea while Uefa, the governing body of European football, has already fined the club £8.6m over the admission, although its powers are limited because it can only look at evidence going back three years.

      Now documents, dated during and outside the period under scrutiny, raise fresh questions over whether Abramovich repeatedly flouted the rules of football to benefit Chelsea, as the club ascended to the pinnacle of the global game. 

      Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea for £140m in 2003 and quickly flooded the club with cash in a relentless push for success.

      The “Roman empire”, as some fans dubbed it, only fell when Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine led to Abramovich being placed under sanctions by the UK, ultimately forcing him to sell.       

      Files analysed by the Guardian and TBIJ as part of the Cyprus Confidential investigation shed light on apparently hidden payments linked to pivotal moments in his trophy-laden tenure. The material, which comes from a Cypriot offshore services provider called MeritServus, was shared with the ICIJ by the nonprofit group Distributed Denial of Secrets.

      On 18 July 2017, the files show, an Abramovich-owned company called Conibair Holdings, based in the British Virgin Islands (BVIs), signed an agreement with Federico Pastorello, an Italian football agent.

      The Italian has been described in multiple reports as being close to Antonio Conte, the former Chelsea manager, and has spoken about the manager’s contract negotiations in the media.

      Conibair agreed to pay Pastorello £10m for a 75% stake in Excellence Investment Fund (EIF), a business based in the US state of Delaware, documents suggest.

      That same day, Chelsea announced that Conte, who had just guided the club to the Premier League title, had signed a new £9.6m-a-year contract.

      Pastorello declined to comment on whether the two deals were linked but said: “Antonio Conte is not our client.”

      During Conte’s title-winning season, Hazard scored 16 goals, a high point in a glittering seven-year spell that included him captaining the club and winning six domestic and European trophies.   

       Hazard had joined Chelsea in 2012 for €35m, in a marquee signing that followed fraught negotiations with the player’s agent, John Bico-Penaque, who reportedly wanted a sizeable commission worth about £6m.

      On 29 March 2013, documents suggest, BVI-based Leiston Holdings, owned by Abramovich, agreed to pay €7m to a Dubai-based company called Gulf Value FZE for “advisory services […] related to […] sport research and consultancy”.

      The contract was signed on the company’s behalf by Bico-Penaque. It is unclear whether the payment was declared to footballing authorities including the FA and Bico-Penaque did not return requests for comment.

      On another occasion, Leiston paid £1m to Association des Jeunes Espoirs de Bobo, the former club of Bertrand Traoré, via a contract signed by Traoré’s brother, David. The contract is dated two months after the full-back signed for Chelsea.

      The files also reveal at least €7m in payments made between 2005 and 2017 to companies linked to Zoran and Vladica Lemić. The latter, a key adviser to Abramovich, was reportedly a pivotal figure in the arrival of stars such as Arjen Robben, Branislav Ivanović, Nemanja Matić and the double-winning coach Carlo Ancelotti.

       Separate documents show a £250,000 payment to the former Chelsea sporting director Frank Arnesen. Arnesen told the Guardian he would usually have expected the payment, a discretionary bonus, to have come from Chelsea rather than another company, but was unaware of any rule breaches and had declared it for tax purposes.

      Four leading sports lawyers told the Guardian that some of the payments may have broken rules including Premier League and Uefa regulations on financial fair play (FFP).

      FFP was introduced by Uefa at the start of the 2011-12 season – with similar restrictions adopted two years later by the Premier League.

      The measures are partly aimed at preventing reckless spending that might put clubs’ future at risk. But the rules have also been adapted in response to a trend of wealthy benefactors – including Abramovich and nation states such as Qatar and the United Arab Emirates – pouring their own cash into clubs to buy success, in a practice dubbed “financial doping” by the former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger.

      Samuel Cuthbert, a sports barrister at Outer Temple Chamber, said: “If a club were to hide outgoings […] by paying those sums through other entities, it is conceivable that they could be in breach of the FFP rules.

       “You would effectively be circumventing your regulatory requirements, which limit your ability to spend, and spending instead through an offshore company.

      “Any opportunity to gain an unfair advantage skews the competition in favour of a particular club, and undermines the integrity of football, on a fundamental principled level.”

      Three other lawyers, who asked not to be named due to potential conflicts of interest, gave the same opinion.

      They also said some of the transactions may have broken Premier League rules that require the submission of accurate accounts, another provision demanding that clubs act in good faith, and the Football Association’s rules requiring disclosure of payments to agents.

      The football finance expert Kieran Maguire, the author of The Price of Football, said Chelsea’s huge spending meant the club had habitually flirted with hard limits on financial losses.

      “If there is proof that the club has used third party transactions to circumvent the profitability and sustainability rules then sanctions would be either financial or a points deduction,” he said.

        0“The latter is more likely as any commission investigating a club’s circumstances will want to put out a deterrent that dissuades others from repeating such behaviour.”

      Clive Betts MP, the chair of the all-party parliamentary group on football, said FFP should be “one of the key issues” for the new independent football regulator being set up by the UK government.

      “It’s no use having FFP rules if you don’t enforce them, otherwise they’re a smokescreen for clubs spending as much money as they want,” he said.

      The files also suggest that Abramovich secretly bankrolled efforts to overturn the FFP rules through the courts, ultimately unsuccessfully.

      In February 2014, Abramovich’s Leiston Holdings agreed to pay £100,000 to a lawyer named Jean-Louis DuPont, who was challenging the legality and validity of FFP before the European Commission.

      Leiston, which is understood to have been acting on Chelsea’s behalf, had a “business interest” in the outcome of the case, the contract shows.

      A company owned by Abramovich also made payments that appear to have benefited the owner of a club that sold two players to Chelsea shortly afterwards. 


       The fortunes of Anzhi Makhachkala, a now defunct outfit from Dagestan, were briefly transformed when the Russian billionaire Suleiman Kerimov bought the club in 2011 and bankrolled big-money transfers.

      But in 2013, Kerimov pulled the plug on his free-spending strategy and slashed Anzhi’s budget, plunging the club into financial turmoil and forcing a fire sale of players.

      That summer, Chelsea signed two stars from Anzhi in two days. The Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o was the first to arrive, followed – somewhat controversially – by the 25-year-old forward Willian.

       The Brazilian, who went on to win multiple trophies with Chelsea, had been on the verge of signing for its London rivals Tottenham Hotspur until Abramovich reportedly hijacked the deal, via a personal phone call to Kerimov.   

       Two months earlier, the Abramovich-owned Leiston Holdings agreed to pay two companies connected to Kerimov for “services in […] relating to football, including scouting and other football-related advice”.

      Tobeo Services Inc and Fernington Invest Corp, both based in the BVIs, were each to be paid €12m, documents dated 10 June 2013 suggest.

      A Chelsea FC spokesperson said: “These allegations pre-date the club’s current ownership. They are based on documents which the club has not been shown and do not relate to any individual who is presently at the club.”

      The spokesperson said that during the purchase of the club – by a consortium led by the US investor Todd Boehly – the buyers became aware of “potentially incomplete financial reporting concerning historical transactions during the club’s previous ownership.

      “Immediately following the completion of the purchase, the club proactively self-reported these matters to all applicable football regulators.

        “In accordance with the club’s ownership group’s core principles of full compliance and transparency the club has proactively assisted the applicable regulators with their investigations and will continue to do so.”

        The Premier League declined to comment while its investigation is ongoing. An FA spokesperson said: “We are investigating.”

      Representatives of Roman Abramovich did not return requests for comment. Lawyers for Suleiman Kerimov did not return requests for comment. A request for comment from Bertrand and David Traoré, sent via Aston Villa FC, went unanswered. A request for comment to Top Sports Consulting, whose director is Zoran Lemić, went unanswered.

       https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/nov/15/chelsea-fc-face-new-questions-over-how-roman-abramovich-funded-success         
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      Re: Chelsea
      Reply #3894: Nov 15, 2023 05:29:10 pm
      Fckin hell there’s a shock init Roman was dodgy , who would have thought that ? ,
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      Reply #3895: Nov 15, 2023 10:49:49 pm
      Fckin hell there’s a shock init Roman was dodgy , who would have thought that ? ,





      Anyone with half a brain cell mate, or is it some to do with the colour Blue……Rangers, Chavs, Shitty, and Blueshite, now that’s f***in dodgy??
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      Reply #3896: Jan 27, 2024 07:11:03 am
      Delude cu*ts!




       :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:
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      Reply #3897: Jan 27, 2024 01:16:05 pm

      Kids that age should be banned from Twitter/X
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      Reply #3898: Jan 27, 2024 10:53:51 pm
      Kids that age should be banned from Twitter/X

      F***ing oath mate.

      I'm just glad you didn't say " what are they smoking over there?" Have to stop blaming weed for peoples stupidity!  :lmao:
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      Reply #3899: Jan 27, 2024 11:07:43 pm
      F***ing oath mate.

      I'm just glad you didn't say " what are they smoking over there?" Have to stop blaming weed for peoples stupidity!  :lmao:

      I don't blame weed.

      I blame the families DNA ;)
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      Reply #3900: Feb 20, 2024 01:14:39 am
      When WOLVES Scored their first GOAL against TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR, CHELSEA moved from 10th to 11th.

      TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR equalise.... CHELSEA moved from 11th to 10th.

      WOLVES Scored their second GOAL.... CHELSEA moved from 10th to 11th.

      When MANCHESTER CITY Vs CHELSEA started.... CHELSEA moved from 11th back to 10th position.

      First half, STERLING Scored..... CHELSEA moved from 10th to 8th position.

      Second half, RODRI Scored for MANCHESTER CITY, CHELSEA moved from 8th back to 10th position..

      CHELSEA become the first Club to change position 6 times in a day.... Unreal record 🔥.

      ⛳ After moving from one place to another they still ended in their normal position which is 10
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      Re: Chelsea
      Reply #3901: Feb 25, 2024 07:46:07 pm
      In Cole Palmer there's a fella who acts like Cristiano Ronaldo whenever he scores against the next average to poor side but in reality plays and looks like Plug from the Bash Street Kids.

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      Reply #3902: Feb 26, 2024 02:24:18 am
       :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

      Suck sh*t you cu*ts!

      Bunch of F***ing Butchers!!!  :f_steam:


      « Last Edit: Feb 26, 2024 04:53:01 am by AussieRed »
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      Reply #3903: Feb 27, 2024 08:35:42 am
      How can Chelsea even consider selling Gallagher (if the rumours are true)? He was probably their best player, one of the few players in blue who could leave the pitch with pride in their performance.

      It's an example of everything that is wrong with modern football; the new, expensive players get prioritised over the less glamorous home grown players. The performance of our young players showed Boehly and many fans that big transfer fees don't produce success.
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      Reply #3904: Feb 27, 2024 09:05:22 am
      How can Chelsea even consider selling Gallagher (if the rumours are true)? He was probably their best player, one of the few players in blue who could leave the pitch with pride in their performance.

      It's an example of everything that is wrong with modern football; the new, expensive players get prioritised over the less glamorous home grown players. The performance of our young players showed Boehly and many fans that big transfer fees don't produce success.

      The kunt should of buried a few against you lot Gaz 😂 missed 2/3 good chances 🤦‍♂️
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      Reply #3905: Feb 27, 2024 12:52:31 pm
      How can Chelsea even consider selling Gallagher (if the rumours are true)? He was probably their best player, one of the few players in blue who could leave the pitch with pride in their performance.

      Believe because of FFP and their previous transfer spending they have to get get cash to comply and he is one of the few players who fetch a good fee and is a movable asset. They  were conveniently bailed out by Saudi clubs who bought players who were on big wages and otherwise in any normal circumstances would not of been able to move unless it was loan deals where Chelsea would have to eat up some of their wages.

      Their strategy of selling youth players and buying more senior players isn't new. When you look at the players they have produced over the past ten years they easily have one of the best academy in England. The problem now is they established players they bought are grossly overpaid and not performing which putting more pressure on academy which could easily (the nature of youth development) run into situation where they have a few years of not producing players in which could cause the whole house of cards to crumble.
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      Reply #3906: Feb 29, 2024 05:00:07 am





       :lmao: :lmao: F**k ;em..hate those cu*ts!
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      Reply #3907: Feb 29, 2024 07:01:31 pm
      Chav bas**rds
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      Reply #3908: Mar 28, 2024 08:47:59 pm
      Oh well thank F**k we got Endo!!

      Roméo Lavia’s Chelsea season over after one 32-minute appearance

      Roméo Lavia, who has played 32 minutes of competitive football since joining Chelsea for £53m in August, has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a thigh injury.

      The update on the Belgium midfielder is the latest in a long line of worrying developments for ­Mauricio Pochettino, who has had to cope without a number of key players at various points of a ­testing campaign. Reece James, Chelsea’s captain, has not played since December and ­Christopher Nkunku, Lesley ­Ugochukwu, Levi Colwill and ­Wesley Fofana are also in the treatment room.

      Injuries have made it hard for Pochettino to rotate and his options in midfield will be limited by Lavia’s absence. The 20-year-old, who has endured a frustrating campaign since joining from Southampton, has not played since injuring a thigh against Crystal Palace on 27 ­December. Tests have shown he has had a ­setback in his recovery.

      Lavia had spent four months out with an ankle injury before ­making a belated debut after Chelsea beat Liverpool to his signature.

      Pochettino, whose side host Burnley in the league on Saturday, has had to rely on Conor Gallagher, Enzo Fernández and Moisés Caicedo in midfield. He has been boosted by Carney Chukwuemeka’s return from a knee injury.

      https://www.theguardian.com/football/2024/mar/27/romeo-lavia-chelsea-season-over-one-appearance-thigh-injury-setback
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      Re: Chelsea
      Reply #3909: Mar 28, 2024 11:51:53 pm
      Who?

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