The FA revealed that they are hopeful of allowing Chelsea to buy tickets for their FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace at Wembley. After Roman Abramovich was sanctioned, Chelsea has not been able to sell tickets to their fans with only season ticket holders in attendance. Despite these restrictions, the FA are in talks with the government to amend the restrictions so that they can sell tickets for the Wembley showdown.

“We hope to have sell-out crowds at both of our Emirates FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley Stadium,” a spokesperson for FA said about Chelsea. “This includes tickets for Chelsea supporters for their match against Crystal Palace, and we are working with the government on a method to achieve this whilst respecting the sanctions that are currently in place on Chelsea.”

“It is ridiculous that we face the prospect of a half-full Wembley for the Chelsea vs Palace FA Cup semi-final,” Julian Knight, the chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee said. “Chelsea is more than just its owner, it’s a living organism with huge importance to its fans and community. It was understandable that, at short notice, last week’s game against Middlesbrough went ahead without Chelsea fans but, with this much notice, the FA have no excuse for excluding them. The FA must be allowed to sell tickets to Chelsea fans so long as all money goes to the people of Ukraine.”

“Behind the scenes, there is a lot of work being done to make sure they will be able to buy tickets as soon as possible,” Kaveh Solhekol said. “The FA want them to be able to buy tickets, Chelsea as a club want their fans to watch them when they’re playing. The Premier League and government are trying to sort something out. We spoke last Wednesday about one proposal to bring in a third party to distribute the sale of tickets, that’s something the government is looking at.”

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