Chelsea FC stadium project stalls due to Russian owner’s investor visa troubles
Oligarch Roman Abramovich declares the UK an "unfavorable investment climate”
The “jewel in London’s sporting crown”–as the mayor Sadiq Khan has described Chelsea’s plans for a bigger stadium–has lost some of its luster.
The football club was supposed to get a renovated 60,000-seat stadium, but now that the team’s owner, Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, has withdrawn his application for a renewed investor visa, building plans have been put on hold indefinitely, according to the Financial Times.
The club announced the change of plans on Thursday last week explaining that it was due to the UK’s “current unfavorable investment climate.” Sources told the Times that Abramovich was unwilling to commit funds to the £500 million project when his visa status was up in the air.
Abramovich’s giving up on renewing his investor visa comes as Britain has introduced new measures to check applicants’ source of wealth as a condition for granting such visas.