Russia’s invasion and ‘military operation’ in Ukraine is a topic that has dominated the world polity in the past one week.
The situation in Ukraine has escalated so bad that even the sporting sector cannot turn a blind eye. Just yesterday, FIFA and UEFA suspended all Russian national teams and football clubs from participating in its competitions and this came amidst sanctions from different political and economic quarters on Russia.
Chelsea Football Club as an entity is an English team but the West London club can hardly be separated from talks affecting Russia due to its ownership, and Russian billionaire owner, Roman Abrahmovic has recently attempted to handover stewardship of the club to the Chelsea foundation trustees after being barred from living in the UK due to his home country’s recent aggression to Ukraine.
Questions have continued to linger around Chelsea as to whether the club would be sold or freezed alongside the assets of Russian owner Roman Abrahmovic but Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel was having none of that in his press conference earlier this afternoon.
Tuchel was once again quizzed about Abrahmovic and the situation of the war in Ukraine and the German was clearly exasperated by such questions as he gave an emphatic reply that suggested that the journalists should stick to sports.
“You have to stop, I’m not a politician… You have to stop asking me these questions, I have no answers for you.”
Before last Saturday’s Carabao Cup final against Liverpool, Tuchel admitted that the situation in Ukraine has served as a source of distraction to his side’s preparations but it seems the media would not relent in trying to get some piece of information from one of Abrahmovic’s top employees and the Chelsea manager has rightly shut them down as it is only ethical for the media to know when to draw the thin line between sports and politics.