The Stamford Bridge membership issued an announcement which stated the measures had been “not taken frivolously”
Chelsea proprietor Roman Abramovich has launched authorized motion for defamation over the guide Putin’s Individuals.
The Blues proprietor’s case pertains to “a variety of false and defamatory claims made about our shopper within the guide revealed by HarperCollins.”
The guide was written by creator Caterine Belton and comprises a variety of claims about Abramovich and others near Russia president Vladimir Putin.
What does the assertion say?
Abramovich’s assertion, revealed on Chelsea’s membership web site, says: “As we speak my authorized representatives have issued authorized proceedings in England in relation to a guide that was revealed within the UK. The guide comprises a variety of false and defamatory statements about me, together with about my buy, and the actions, of Chelsea Soccer Membership.
“As we speak’s motion was not taken frivolously. It has by no means been my ambition to realize a public profile and I’ve all the time been reluctant to offer commentary on any issues, together with any false or deceptive statements about me or Chelsea Soccer Membership.
“Nonetheless, it has change into clear that the false allegations on this guide are having a dangerous impact, not solely on my private repute, but additionally in respect of the actions of Chelsea Soccer Membership.
“My goal has been to keep away from a authorized case and my authorized group has engaged with the publishers to attempt to discover an amicable decision. We now have supplied them with detailed info addressing the assorted false allegations about me within the guide, together with the repetition of allegations which have already been held to be false within the English Excessive Court docket throughout earlier authorized proceedings.
“Sadly, these engagements weren’t profitable, and the writer has not corrected the false statements within the guide.
“With reference to Chelsea Soccer Membership. In distinction to the portrayal within the guide, my ambition with Chelsea has all the time been to create world class groups on the pitch and to make sure the membership performs a constructive function in all of its communities.
“I consider our successes and actions over time converse for themselves, together with the trophies received, enlargement of the academy, improvement of the ladies’s group and the Chelsea Basis turning into the most important charitable organisation throughout the Premier League.
“It’s my hope that right this moment’s motion won’t solely refute the false allegations in regard to my very own identify, but additionally function a reminder of Chelsea’s constructive footprint within the UK. I’ve each perception that the courts will give me a good listening to, as they’ve up to now.”
The Abramovich period at Stamford Bridge
The Russian purchased the membership from Ken Bates in 2003, and has introduced unprecedented success to Stamford Bridge.
Previous to Abramovich taking the reins, Chelsea’s solely earlier league title got here in 1955. Since assuming management in west London, the Blues have received the Premier League on 5 events and likewise received the Champions League in 2012.
Abramovich has invested large sums on the group, and has not tolerated failure. Fourteen managers have been let go by the Russian, with Thomas Tuchel the most recent to imagine management following the sacking of Frank Lampard in January.