LONDON. Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich has faced delays in renewing his UK visa. The Russian billionaire did not attend Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley when they beat Manchester United 1-0.
A source close to the 51-year-old suggested he was in the process of renewing his visa, and said it was taking a little longer than usual.
“There’s something up with his visa. I don’t know what it is and they don’t know what it is either. Let’s hope they sort it out soon,” David Davidovich a fellow Russian oligarch was reported as saying.
Mr Abramovich’s office said it does not discuss personal matters with the media.
Asked about the visa, UK Security Minister Ben Wallace said: “We do not routinely comment on individual cases.”
Britain said in March it would look retrospectively at visas issued to wealthy foreign investors, including Russians, and consider whether action needed to be taken.
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Foreign secretary Boris Johnson also said in March that corrupt Russians who owe their wealth to their ties with President Vladimir Putin could be targeted by British police in retaliation for the Skripal attack.
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