Chelsea retract request for behind-closed-doors Middlesbrough FA Cup tie

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Chelsea have retracted their request to play their FA Cup quarter-final tie at Middlesbrough behind closed doors following a significant backlash.

Sanctions imposed on the club’s owner Roman Abramovich mean Chelsea cannot sell additional away tickets for the trip to the Riverside on Saturday, with the oligarch unable to earn money in the UK under the measures.

Before the licence placing restrictions on the club came into effect last week, the west Londoners had sold 500-600 tickets of their 4,620 allocation.

In a controversial statement on Tuesday, the Blues revealed that they had therefore requested the clash with Boro be played behind closed doors “for matters of sporting integrity”.

“We are disappointed to announce we will not be able to sell tickets for Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Middlesbrough,” it read.



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