Roman Abramovich has submitted a lawsuit at the EU’s standard court docket against the European Union Council, which imposed sanctions on the former Chelsea operator as part of measures targeting Russia and President Vladimir Putin’s shut allies.
The EU in March integrated the Russian oligarch on its checklist of people today specific with frozen assets and vacation bans more than their role in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Officials from the Council and the EU’s court docket could not remark on the information of the legal scenario when contacted Tuesday.
Abramovich was pressured to offer Chelsea soon after getting sanctioned by the British federal government for what it referred to as his enabling of Putin’s “brutal and barbaric invasion” of Ukraine.
The sale of the Leading League club for 2.5 billion pounds ($3.2 billion) — the greatest value ever paid for a athletics crew — was done Monday by a consortium fronted by Los Angeles Dodgers component-owner Todd Boehly. It marked the stop of the trophy-stuffed, 19-12 months tenure of Abramovich.
The European Fee, the EU’s govt branch, said Portuguese authorities confirmed that the sale of Chelsea by Abramovich — who retains a Portuguese passport — does not benefit him or an entity associated with him, and that the proceeds would only be introduced for humanitarian functions in Ukraine.
“This follows near engagement involving the European Fee, Portugal and the United Kingdom aimed at making certain that the sale is absolutely in line with the EU sanctions laws,” the Commission stated in a concept to The Associated Push. “The productive implementation and enforcement of EU sanctions are a priority for the Commission.”
When it sanctioned Abramovich in March, the EU explained he “has experienced privileged access to the (Russian) president, and has maintained very superior relations with him. This relationship with the Russian leader helped him to preserve his significant wealth.”