Chelsea had an overall net loss of £121.3m ($148.65 million) for 2021-22 due to “extraordinary expenses and loss of revenue” after sanctions were imposed on previous owner Roman Abramovich, the Premier League club said on Monday.
Russian owner Abramovich put the club up for sale in early March last year following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a “special military operation”.UK government sanctions on Abramovich had also complicated the sale process.
Chelsea were not allowed to sell tickets, resulting in a loss of revenue, while their operational spend was also curtailed due to government restrictions until the sale was completed at the end of May.
“During this period, the club was restricted in a number of areas including, but not limited to, its ability to sell matchday and season tickets, sell merchandise, accept event bookings, as well as sign contracts with players ands commercial sponsorship partners, which collectively resulted in extraordinary expenses and loss of revenue,” Chelsea said.
“Furthermore, some of these limitations are also expected to have an impact on the financials in the following years due to the long-term impact from restrictions on entering into new contractual arrangements.”
Chelsea said their turnover figure increased to £481.3m from £434.9m the previous year mainly due to increased matchday and commercial revenue as fans returned to stadiums after the pandemic. “The higher revenue was offset by increased operating expenses,” the club added.

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