Roman Abramovich: Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel questions Boris Johnson’s ‘priorities’ after Prime Minister’s urges end to chant

Blues followers have been urged to rein in their support of the Russian owner after seeing his assets frozen by government sanctions

Thomas Tuchel has questioned the “priorities” of UK prime minister Boris Johnson after learning that Chelsea supporters have been urged to cease with their terrace support for sanctioned owner Roman Abramovich.

The Russian billionaire, who has been at the Stamford Bridge helm since 2003, had been in the process of trying to find a buyer for the Premier League heavyweights when seeing his assets frozen by the government.

Chelsea are now having to work in testing conditions, with their fans continuing to show where their allegiances lie, and Tuchel believes there are bigger issues for everybody to address at present than the actions of those in the stands.

An official spokesperson for the prime minister has said of the supportive songs that the Stamford Bridge faithful continue to aim in the direction of Abramovich: “We recognise the strength of feeling around people’s clubs but that does not excuse behaviour which is completely inappropriate at this time.

“I think people can show passion and support for their club without resorting to that sort of stuff.”

The German was asked about Johnson’s comments ahead of a Champions League trip to Lille on Wednesday, with Tuchel saying: “I heard about it. I heard about it just some minutes ago. I don’t know if, in these times, if it is the most important discussion to have in parliament.

“I don’t know if fan chants being discussed in parliament means that we have to worry about the priorities of this government. But, okay, no need to comment from me. We have really far more urgent things to discuss and handle.”

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