CHELSEA fans marred a standing ovation in support of victims of the Ukraine invasion by chanting for Roman Abramovich.
All Premier League supporters were asked to rise and applaud in a show of solidarity just before the kick offs this weekend.
The Chelsea fans chanted Abramovich’s name during the Ukraine tributeCredit: Reuters
Hoardings around the ground were switched to blue and yellow, the colours of the Ukraine flag, throughout the minute’s ovation.
They continued to belt out their support for him at various times throughout the game…and on each occasion Clarets supporters reacted with boos.
Abramovich, who has owned Chelsea since 2003, last week announced he is selling the club, and Sunsport revealed that Turkish tycoon Muhsin Bayrak hopes to buy it.
Earlier this week there were reports that a private jet owned by the oligarch headed to Turkey to potentially discuss terms with Bayrak.
The £48.7million luxury 2019 Gulfstream G650ER aircraft – one of six in his fleet – flew from Moscow and briefly landed in Istanbul before heading to Turkish capital Ankara.
Bayrak claims that he has been locked in negotiations with Abrahimovich over buying the Premier League club and insists he is ‘in the negotiation phase for the signatures’.
Little-known Bayrak, worth a reported £8bn, has also vowed to ‘fly the Turkish flag in London soon’.
That suggests Abramovich may have travelled to Turkey in order to discuss details of the sale to the tycoon.
American Todd Boehly and Swiss Hansjorg Wyss initially appeared to be frontrunners to buy Chelsea.
Now Bayrak’s claims and this latest report suggests he is set to complete the purchase.
He told Turkish outlet Yeni Safak: “We are negotiating the terms of the purchase of Chelsea with Roman Abramovich’s lawyers.
“We are in the negotiation phase for the signatures. We will fly the Turkish flag in London soon.
“We made our offer. Because of the war with Russia and Ukraine in the world. Because they find Turkey safe, they want to get most of the after-sales money in Turkey. We are planning to sign soon.”
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