Chelsea asks for Middlesbrough match to be played without fans

Chelsea will be unable to sell tickets for Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final at Middlesbrough, and the Premier League club has asked the English Football Association (FA) to move the game behind closed doors as a result.

The club had approached the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) to sell tickets for the away game at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium.

Chelsea also requested that the FA move the game behind closed doors to preserve “sporting integrity”.

Chelsea said it has been in ongoing discussions with the UK Government since the sanctions placed on Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, who owns the club, were announced last week.

Middlesbrough released a statement labelling Chelsea’s request as “bizarre” and “without merit”.

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