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Chelsea owner returns to UK for first time in three years

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was spotted in stands during the Blues victory against RB Salzburg on Wednesday evening.

Chelsea Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich has returned to London for the first time in three years, the Sun reports.

Abramovich’s visa expired in April 2018, but having obtained an Israeli passport later that year, he has been able to get back to visit his family.

The UK government made it harder for powerful Russians to obtain visas after the Salisbury poisoning incident in 2018.

And the stance affected Abramovich’s ability to gain entry to the UK.

But having obtained an Israeli passport he has been able to make his first trip to the UK in three years without the need for a visa.

And according to the Independent, Abramovich’s spokesperson confirmed he is in the UK to see relatives.

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And he could reportedly visit his beloved Blues while in the capital.

Amid the 2018 visa fallout, Chelsea scrapped plans for a £1billion revamp of Stamford Bridge.

The visa issues were at the heart of the West London club’s decision.

The project would have delivered some £22m in community benefits in Hammersmith and Fulham, including £3.75m for affordable housing and £12m for community facilities.

A terse statement issued without warning said: “Chelsea Football Club announces today that it has put its new stadium project on hold.

“No further pre-construction design and planning work will occur. The club does not have a time frame set for reconsideration of its decision.

“The decision was made due to the current unfavourable investment climate.”

Abramovich’s passport allows him to visit the UK on business for up to six months per trip.

However, in 2018, government officials told the Times he may not come and go when he pleases.

Abramovich has been unable to watch his Chelsea at Stamford Bridge for three years.

And he only met Thomas Tuchel for the first time after their Champions League final win against Manchester City in Porto in May.

In May, Abramovich jumped to eighth on the Sunday Times’ Rich List after adding almost £2BILLION to his net worth.

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