Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley believes that Roman Abramovich has been unfairly treated after he announced his intention to sell the club. The Russian revealed that the sale is in the best interest of the club after Russia invaded Ukraine. Reports suggest that Abramovich has received bids worth £3bn for the club in the midst of huge interest in one of the high-profile football assets.
“We are always going to have geopolitical issues. This world is never going to not have problems, and I know it is really hard and I am really sad today that someone [Roman Abramovich] is going to have a football club [Chelsea] taken away because of a relationship they may have with someone [Russia President Vladimir Putin]. I do not think that is particularly fair, actually, to be honest,” Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley said about Roman Abramovich. “But I also think that we have to hold all of our relationships to account. And I think that we have also got to remember with Saudi [Arabia] that it is an incredibly big, important country that I love. I love the people there. It is a young, vibrant population and I have seen Saudi [Arabia] change so much.”
“And I am not talking now as [from a perspective of] Newcastle, I am talking like me. So these are my thoughts because I have really got to know a lot of people, and I am excited that… I would rather everybody look and get excited about football than being involved in a war,” she added.