“Roman Abramovich has a challenge here”

Simon Jordan welcomed David Dein’s idea of ​​donating the proceeds from the sale of Chelsea to help grassroots football in England, but insisted only Roman Abramovich could decide if it was viable.

The former Arsenal co-owner has written to Minister for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Nadine Dorries recommending that £750m from a potential sale be used to build more than 1,000 artificial pitches, improving 20,000 playing surfaces and investing in dressing rooms as part of a donation to the Football Foundation.

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Abramovich announced his intention to sell the club in early March, shortly before his sanction

Abramovich has already pledged to use proceeds from the sale of Chelsea FC for charities supporting war victims in Ukraine, but speaking to White and Jordan, Dein said he hoped the English game could also benefit from it.

He told talkSPORT: “I think when Roman Abramovich decided to sell the club about a month ago the offers were coming in for around £1.8billion.

“All of a sudden, thanks to the skill of the American bankers, it has now risen to £2.5 billion.

“I thought about the excess on that money, why wouldn’t some of it go back to English football because after all it’s the English game that has contributed to the huge increase in the value of the club.

“I think it should be aimed primarily at developing the game in the most disadvantaged areas, increasing the participation of women and supporting ethnic minorities.

“With new pitches, training facilities, sports centers and trainers, all can be achieved with the much wider benefits of physical fitness and mental well-being.


Dein recommended using the funds raised to help grassroots football

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Dein recommended using the funds raised to help grassroots football

“Of course, we would also support some of the most pressing government priorities including tackling crime, making the streets safer, supporting the union with investment and supporting upgrading.

“There’s no doubt that the majority of the money should go to Ukrainian charities, but there’s a lot of money here and I just think that even though the majority of the money should go to Ukrainian charities, I would love to see some money coming back to English football.

“Of course we have the perfect recipient for that in the Football Foundation because that’s the body that could help the money go to grassroots football.”

When asked if Abramovich was likely to accept the proposal, Dein said, “It’s way too early to tell.

Abramovich has previously pledged to donate funds to charities helping victims of the invasion of Ukraine

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Abramovich has previously pledged to donate funds to charities helping victims of the invasion of Ukraine

“There’s a lot of water to flow under the bridge before that happens, but I would just like to make sure that English football is recognized somewhere when it comes to asset disposal and profit.”

Responding to Dein’s comments, Jordan said: “First of all, Roman Abramovich did not decide to sell Chelsea. He was sanctioned and coerced. Secondly, the redistribution of these funds is Roman Abramovich’s gift to determine where they go.

“I would love that idea if some of the other aspects of football had some substance behind it. David was always after the FA chairman’s job, so he will know, more than anything, that as part of the commitment of the FA to allow the Premier League to operate, he brokered a deal that 5% of the proceeds from TV deals should be distributed to the Football Foundation and grassroots football.

“Of the £30 billion that has been generated, go and see if the Premier League has paid the £1.5 billion to the base that might have been able to build all those grounds.”

The west side of London is expected to be under new ownership in the coming weeks

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The west side of London is expected to be under new ownership in the coming weeks

When asked why they didn’t, Jordan replied: “Because they weren’t forced to because the FA is an inefficient operation that doesn’t do what it should and the Premier League is the tail wagging the dog and needs to be brought to book by an efficient manager.

Jordan added: “The other part is why don’t we tax agents? Why don’t they give their money in the football situation?

“Roman Abramovich has a challenge here because he’s already told us he’s going to write off £1.5billion of the loans he made to Chelsea, the challenge for that is that Abramovich can have losses then. tax of £1.5billion which is as good as having money in. The challenge is how they are going to set that up.

“David’s idea has merit. Our football family creates more value than any football family in the world, so why does each country have so many more grassroots facilities than we do?

Boris Johnson will consider Dein's proposal

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Boris Johnson will consider Dein’s proposal

“I’ll tell you why, it’s because there is ineffective management within the governing body.

“We can give these clowns who run the FA as much money as we want and all these wonderful bargain ideas, but unless we get effective leadership that is going to effectively manage the game and how it evolves, then we will just do what we were going to do by selling Wembley Stadium to fill a void in an alleged hole.

“David’s idea is an interesting idea about the mechanics of Roman Abramovich’s ownership of Chelsea, but it’s not David Dein’s business, it’s Roman Abramovich’s business. Abramovich unequivocally stated that he wanted all proceeds from this sale to go to the Ukrainian war fund. End of conversation.

“Then get back to the conversation about how we fund grassroots football. Ask the Premier League to pay the £150m a year they are expected to pay grassroots football under their licensing deal .

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