Thomas Tuchel has revealed Chelsea’s first team players and staff have paid for academy players and their parents to attend the FA Cup final, because of sanctions on the club.
The Blues traditionally buy tickets for their youth teams and staff ahead of trips to Wembley, but that hasn’t been possible this year.
Sanctions placed on departing Roman Abramovich by the UK Government have seen the billionaire’s assets frozen as part of the response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
This has vastly limited spending at Stamford Bridge, leaving it up to the first team staff to lend a hand for the travelling youngsters.
Asked if that was the case, Tuchel said: “That’s what we did. It’s a big competition, and it’s one club.
“Normally the club would buy these tickets and provide them for the parents and players of the academy. So we stepped in and bought the tickets for them.”
The game comes amid the backdrop of lasting ownership uncertainty, which appears close to its end with US businessman Todd Boehly agreeing to purchase the club.
HAT IN HAND
Luton’s ‘hostile’ ground will be one Ronaldo will want ‘to tick off his list’
Wagatha Christie trial ’embarrassing’ as Jordan sends message to Vardy and Rooney
Leaked Newcastle kit resembles Saudi strip with Magpies to play in green and white
Bristol Rovers’ Barton and new Fleetwood boss Brown to reignite Old Firm feud
Arteta falls victim to Snapchat filter as Chelsea fan mocks ‘moany’ Spurs interview
Holding labelled ‘idiotic’ for red card at Spurs, which makes it 13 under Arteta
The sanctions imposed on the club have already resulted in the departure of star defender Antonio Rudiger to Real Madrid.
Speaking of his departure, Tuchel said: “I don’t think anybody likes it. He gives everybody confidence in the dressing room.
“He is a unique character and plays on an outstanding level. He sometimes takes the focus towards him, he loves responsibility.
“Nobody likes this decision but we have to accept it. Like it or not there will be life at Chelsea after Toni. It is also the most important thing for us that it ends like it started, on the highest level.”
Bet Of The Weekend
Sky Bet: Man City, Aston Villa & Leicester all to win – boosted to 5/1 (from 4/1)
18+. T&Cs apply. Begambleaware.org.