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    Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich, center, applauds at the end of the English Premier League last round soccer match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Sunday, May 21, 2017

    Twitter Ablaze as Abramovich Refuses to Sell Chelsea to UK's Richest Man

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    Despite problems renewing his UK visa, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich refused to sell Chelsea FC to the man described as the richest person in Britain.

    Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich has reportedly refused to sell Chelsea Football Club after Jim Ratcliffe, a British billionaire and CEO of the chemical giant Ineos, offered to purchase it for a lump sum of about 2 billion pounds (over 2.2 billion euros), The Daily Mail reports.

    According to the newspaper, Ratcliffe, who was named the richest person in the UK earlier this year, made his offer after Abramovich encountered difficulties while trying to renew his British visa.

    This development resonated with many Chelsea FC fans who praised Abramovich’s decision and were quick to point out that Ratcliffe is actually a Manchester United fan.

    Some, however, wondered whether Chelsea FC would’ve been better off under Ratcliffe’s patronage.


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