Chelsea owner and Russian Billionaire Roman Abramovich who has recently found himself without a visa to Britain took Israeli citizenship on Monday and will move to Tel Aviv where he has acquired a property, an Israeli media report has disclosed.
Abramovich has been counted as one of the richest men in Britain since he bought Chelsea in 2003. However, his British visa expired last month and it was revealed to Reuters by sources that the renewal was taking longer than expected, although there has been no comment from the British government on the case.
According to the Ynet website which is Israel’s biggest-selling daily, Yedioth Aharonoth, said Abramovich, who is also Jewish flew into Tel Aviv on Monday and had received documents which confirmed his status as an Israeli citizen.
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No comments were made by an immigration absorption ministry official due to individual privacy, but a spokeswoman for the Population Administration in charge of border control confirmed that the Russian billionaire was in Israel. A spokeswoman for Abramovich also declined to comment on the report.
It can be recalled that there has been a strain in the relations between Moscow and London after a Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal was poisoned in Britain in March. Britain blamed the incident on Russia who responded by denying any involvement.
savechelsea.net also reported Abramovich not selling club to czech billionaire Kellner
Chelsea have insisted that owner Roman Abramovich has no plans to sell the club despite fresh speculation linking the club with a takeover by Czech billionaire Petr Kellner.
Reports were rife in June that Abramovich had declined a request by Britain’s richest man Jim Ratcliffe to purchase the Stamford Bridge outfit.