|Job||English Football Club|
|Location||City of London|
2004 07 12 Retrieve
[Less than a year after that explosive start and a little over a month since Jose Mourinho had arrived to replace Ranieri, Adrian Mutu found himself subject to a doping test that found cocaine in his blood] Chelsea believe the club’s social responsibility to its fans, players, employees and other stakeholders in football regarding drugs was more important than the major financial considerations to the company
2011 06 22 Retrieve
[Chelsea FC on Andre Villas-Boas] Chelsea football club is delighted to announce that Andre Villas-Boas will be the club’s new manager. His ambition, drive and determination matches that of Chelsea and we are confident Andre’s leadership of the team will result in greater successes in major domestic and European competitions
2014 10 14 Retrieve
[Chelsea star Schurrle out of Germany game] Andre Schurrle has caught a cold and will not be available for the game against Republic of Ireland. The Chelsea attacker has already departed from the team hotel in Essen
2015 12 17 Retrieve
[José Mourinho Is Fired by Chelsea] Chelsea Football Club and José Mourinho have today parted company by mutual consent. His three league titles, F.A. Cup, Community Shield and three League Cup wins over two spells make him the most successful manager in our 110-year history. But both José and the board agreed results have not been good enough this season and believe it is in the best interests of both parties to go our separate ways
2019 04 09 Retrieve
[Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater charged with drink-driving as court date set for Chelsea star. Drinkwater was said to have been attending a charity event in an upmarket bar called Victors prior to the collision, which it is claimed left the 29-year-old and two others in need of treatment for minor injuries] We are aware of reports but we will want to establish all of the facts before commenting
: 2019 07 23 Willian claims he will be inheriting the Chelsea number ten shirt from Eden Hazard.
: 2019 07 23b Chelsea full-back Reece James is set to remain at Stamford Bridge this season
: 2019 07 24 Chelsea centre-back Jake Clarke-Salter has joined Birmingham on a season-long loan
: 2019 07 24b Chelsea Matt Miazga has been sent back to Reading for a second spell with the Championship club
: 2019 07 24c Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker has joined Fortuna Dusseldorf on a season-long loan, joining Ethan Ampadu as the latest face deemed surplus to requirements under new manager Frank Lampard
: 2019 07 25 New Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is facing a dilemma over the number of non-homegrown players in his squad as the new season closes in at Stamford Bridge. UEFA rules state clubs in the Champions League may register no more than 17 foreign players in their squads for the competition, with a further eight spots available for homegrown players. The arrival of January signing Christian Pulisic and the decision to retain Mateo Kovacic on a permanent deal following his loan spell has left Lampard with a surplus of foreign players
: 2019 07 26 Bayern Munich’s attempts to sign Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi were the key reason behind the club’s decision to offer him a new contract worth £150,000-a-week, rising to £180k-a-week with performa
2019 07 30 Retrieve
[Chelsea ban supporter for life over racial abuse allegations after Raheem Sterling incident] The club delayed reaching its decision in these cases in order to ensure that it did not prejudice the related police investigation. The Crown Prosecution Service has, however, recently announced that it has elected not to initiate any criminal prosecutions. This allowed the club to conduct its own investigation, which included seeking representations from the individuals concerned, reviewing video evidence, interviewing potential witnesses and obtaining expert opinions from two lip reading professionals. All individuals sanctioned as a result of our investigation were then offered the right to appeal and, where applicable, those appeals have been heard
We understand that this incident has been the subject of discussion amongst supporters, and the club appreciates that emotions can run high during matches. However, in this case the behaviour of all six individuals crossed the line of what is acceptable. Furthermore, in the case of the supporter who was found by the club to have used racially abusive language, there is no place for this behaviour at Stamford Bridge and a permanent exclusion was the appropriate sanction. Given the particular circumstances of this case, the club did not consider that attendance at an education course in return for a reduced sanction would have been appropriate
: 2019 07 31 Chelsea youngster Kasey Palmer is set to undergo a medical with Bristol City as he bids to avoid another loan move and leave in a permanent deal in a £3.5 million deal
: 2019 08 01 Dujon Sterling have left Chelsea for Wigan Athletic on loan
: 2019 08 01 Kasey Palmer have left Chelsea with the former signing for Bristol City in a £3.5 million permanent deal
: 2019 08 02 Claude Makelele will return to Chelsea’s Cobham training base tomorrow as he returns to the Blues as the new Young Player Technical Mentor
: 2019 08 02 Leganes have made a €4.5 million offer for Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo, who impressed during a loan spell with the Spanish club last season
: 2019 08 05 Galatasaray are exploring a loan deal for Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, but are relying on the Blues agreeing to pay a significant proportion of his £120,000-a-week wages
2019 08 06 Retrieve
[Chelsea apologise over ‘unchallenged’ sex abuse by former club scout Eddie Heath. Evidence from 23 witnesses paints a grim picture of the historic abuse] The board wishes to thank all the survivors and witnesses who came forward to assist the reviews and the club apologises unreservedly for the terrible past experiences of some of our former players
It is evident from the review that Heath was a dangerous and prolific child abuser. His conduct was beyond reprehensible. The report details how abuse was able to occur unchallenged, and the life-changing impact it had on those affected
Although the club today is a very different place from the club then, with new ownership, operational structures and safeguarding procedures in place, we will not shy away from responsibility for what happened in the past. The intention of the review was to shine a bright light in the dark corners of the club’s history so that we can learn lessons to help protect the players of the future. We also have no desire to hide any non-recent abuse we uncover
We must continue to challenge ourselves to do better as a club and as a sport. This is an issue that has affected all of football. Police data indicated that by March 2018, 340 clubs had already been impacted, 300 alleged perpetrators identified and over 2,800 referrals and reports received. Tragically the number of victims stood at almost 850. While we implement the recommendations of the report, it is important that we also look to the future and ensure that abuse like this never happens again anywhere in football. Survivors of child sexual abuse are also able to claim compensation by writing to the club. Claims for compensation are being assessed and managed by the club’s insurer and the club will support survivors through the process
2019 08 06b Retrieve
[Chelsea apologise over ‘unchallenged’ sex abuse by former club scout Eddie Heath. Evidence from 23 witnesses paints a grim picture of the historic abuse. One witness told the review] The boys all knew it was safety in numbers; you didn’t want to be the last in the van, you risked being groped by him or having your bum slapped. He was regarded as ‘nightmare Eddie’. I think all associated with the youth team knew or suspected something as there was so much talk about it between the boys there. I did not talk to any adults about what was happening at the club
[Former Chelsea assistant manager Dario Gradi, who denies any wrongdoing, is also criticised in the report] [Witness] AV reported his complaint of abuse by Mr Heath to Mr Gradi. Mr Gradi did not make the management of the club aware of the complaint. Mr Gradi’s inaction cannot be said to be ‘inappropriate’ as specifically defined by the terms of reference nor can it be said to have been contrary to any child protection or safeguarding rules or procedure in place at that time. My judgement that his response was inadequate is made by reference to the mores and expectations of the time as to responsible adult behaviour. I have concluded that he should have reported the matter to more senior staff. Accepted practice at the time would have been to do so and he failed to act
: 2019 08 07 Sheffield Wednesday are in talks to sign Michael Hector from Chelsea but are struggling to match the Blues’s valuation ahead of transfer deadline day
: 2019 08 07b David Luiz skips Chelsea training as Arsenal consider late-window offer
: 2019 08 08 Leganes have made a breakthrough in talks with Chelsea for Kenneth Omeruo and they are close to agreeing on a €5 million deal to re-sign the defender
: 2019 08 08b David Luiz has completed a shock move from Chelsea to Arsenal in an £8 million deal
2019 08 15 Retrieve
[Chelsea ticket touts arrested and jailed outside Stamford Bridge] Chelsea Football Club has taken legal action against 11 ticket touts, one of whom has received a six-month jail sentence, operating in the locality of Stamford Bridge on and around matchdays. The High Court has ordered injunctions which stop these touts from trading in tickets to matches at Stamford Bridge as well as preventing them from loitering or waiting near the ground prior to matchdays. The club will act to fully enforce these orders. Breaching the orders imposed by the Court can lead to serious sanctions, including prison sentences. One of these touts has been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for contempt of court in connection with an injunction.
All 11 touts have been ordered to pay the club’s costs incurred in putting a stop to their touting behaviour. This amounts to more than £170,000 in total. This action is part of an on-going undercover operation which will continue throughout the 2019/20 season. Ticket touting is known to have links to organised crime. The above action taken against touts operating around Stamford Bridge sends a strong message to others looking to engage in such criminal and anti-social behaviour.
Chelsea Football Club already employs a series of visible preventative measures on matchdays to protect our supporters from touting, including signage outside the stadium and along the Fulham Road to inform visitors of the risks of purchasing tickets from unofficial sources. We have also agreed the installation of additional signage and matchday messages at Fulham Broadway station. The club operates a Ticket Exchange policy which enables season ticket holders and members who cannot attend a match the opportunity to lawfully sell their ticket in a safe, secure and reliable online environment to other season ticket holders and members. We remain committed to working alongside the Metropolitan Police and Local Authority to eradicate ticket touting from Stamford Bridge and will continue to operate a comprehensive and long-term operation to combat this problem. We will also continue to work alongside other organisations and venues on anti-touting techniques.
This football club will not tolerate touting and will continue to identify offenders and take further legal action through the Courts to ensure that our club and the surrounding area are safe for our loyal supporters and visitors. Individuals found in possession of unlawfully purchased tickets will be refused entry to the stadium or removed from it.
2019 08 21 Retrieve
[Chelsea confirmed Davide Zappacosta’s departure on Wednesday, while also revealing they had extended the defender’s contract] Davide Zappacosta has signed a one-year extension to his contract at Chelsea and moved to Roma on loan until the end of January. Zappacosta’s 12-month extension takes his contract at Chelsea through to June 2022. Good luck in Rome, Davide!
2019 12 06 Retrieve
[Chelsea slam FIFA for transfer ban after Man City let off with no punishment] Chelsea is grateful to the CAS for the diligent approach that it gave this matter. The club has not yet received the written reasons for CAS’s decision but wishes to make the following clear:
1. The approach taken by FIFA to this case has been deeply unsatisfactory, not least as FIFA chose to treat Chelsea entirely differently to Manchester City for reasons that make absolutely no sense to Chelsea.
2. FIFA accused Chelsea of having breached Article 19 of the FIFA regulations in relation to 27 players, covering the period from 2009 onwards. Of those, 16 players were registered by Chelsea in exactly the same way as other Premier League clubs registered players at the time. Furthermore, Chelsea sought clarification from the Premier League in 2009 about whether it needed to apply for permission to register players in this category. The FA subsequently liaised with FIFA and it was confirmed to Chelsea that players in this category were entitled to register and that no special application was required (and in fact no special application process existed). Accordingly, the fact that FIFA brought charges against Chelsea for this category of player was perverse. We are grateful that this appears to have been corrected by the CAS.
3. In relation to the remaining 11 players, Chelsea’s position was as follows:
a. Six players qualified for one of the exceptions set out in the FIFA regulations. As a consequence, to the extent there was any breach in relation to these players, the breaches were of a procedural nature only.
b. With respect to the remaining five players, FIFA’s position was that it deemed these players to have registered prior to any application for registration being made. Chelsea maintains, as was held by CAS in the Real Madrid case, that the FIFA regulations do not cover a concept of deemed registrations and accordingly it is not open to FIFA to deem that registrations were made before they were in fact made.
4. Chelsea respects the importance of the work undertaken by FIFA in relation to the protection of minors and has fully cooperated with FIFA throughout its investigation. However, if FIFA continues to impose inconsistent and unequal sanctions on clubs then it will not only undermine the very purpose of the regulations, but it will also bring into doubt the game’s confidence in FIFA being able to appropriately regulate this important area.
2020 01 07 Retrieve
[Sacking Antonio Conte cost Chelsea £26m as Blues reveal full price of coaching change] Exceptional items in the current year of £26.6million relate to changes in respect of the men’s team management and coaching staff, together with associated legal costs
2020 01 16 Retrieve
[Reece James has extended his link with Chelsea until 2025] Reece James has signed a new long-term contract at Chelsea Football Club that commits him to Stamford Bridge until at least the summer of 2025. The defender, who turned 20 last month, has made 18 appearances for the Blues this season, scoring on his debut in our big Carabao Cup victory against Grimsby Town. More memorably, his dramatic equaliser earned us a Champions League point against Ajax in a thrilling 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge in November.
James missed just one league game on loan in the Championship with Wigan last term and claimed a clean sweep of individual honours at their end-of-season awards before his return to SW6. He suffered an ankle injury in the summer while playing for England Under-20s at the Toulon Tournament but remained in Frank Lampard’s plans despite a three-month spell on the sidelines and has started our past three games in all competitions
2020 02 13 Retrieve
[Ajax star Hakim Ziyech to join Chelsea in €40m deal] A Moroccan international, Ziyech is a left-footed attacker who is comfortable playing off the right flank and coming inside, as he has often done in recent years to such devastating effect for Ajax, or on the left to attack with width and deliver into the box.
The 26-year-old possesses awareness on the ball, is technically capable of executing very difficult passes to break down compact defences, and is also a set-piece specialist, particularly with vicious inswingers from the right side. He has been a prolific scorer throughout his career, with over 100 goals for club and country
2020 03 13 Retrieve
[Chelsea partially close training ground as Hudson-Odoi tests positive for coronavirus] Chelsea men’s team player Callum Hudson-Odoi had a positive test result for Coronavirus returned this evening.
Chelsea personnel who had recent close contact with the player in the men’s team building will now self-isolate in line with Government health guidelines. These will include initially the full men’s team squad, coaching staff and a number of backroom staff.
It is expected that those who did not have close contact with Callum will return to work in the coming days. In the meantime, the men’s team building, one of several separate buildings at our training ground, will remain closed. The rest of our training facility, Stamford Bridge and our other facilities are operating as normal.
Callum displayed symptoms similar to a mild cold on Monday morning and has not been at the training ground since then as a precaution. However, his test came in positive this evening and he will undergo a period of self-isolation. Despite testing positive for the virus, Callum is doing well and looking forward to returning to the training ground as soon as it is possible.
We will continue to adhere to Government and Public Health Guidelines with regard to our facilities and staff and will be discussing next steps with regards to upcoming fixtures with the Premier League on Friday morning. We will provide further updates as necessary via the club’s website
2020 03 18 Retrieve
[Chelsea open Stamford Bridge hotel to NHS staff as accommodation during coronavirus outbreak] Many of the medical staff will be working long shifts and may not be able to travel home or would otherwise have to make long commutes. Local accommodation helps maintain the health and well-being of these crucial personnel at this critical time. This will be for a two-month period, and then reconsidered in light of circumstances at the time. NHS staff will be those working in hospitals in the North-West London region, but that may extend to hospitals in other districts. The number of rooms utilised will depend on demand but potentially all the rooms in the Millennium Hotel could be given over for this purpose. No staff showing symptoms will use the hotel. Millennium Hotels and Resorts, who manage the hotel, are supportive and assisting the club in providing this service to the NHS
2020 03 24 Retrieve
[Chelsea confirm Callum Hudson-Odoi is ‘back to his usual self’ after coronavirus diagnosis] We are pleased to report Callum Hudson-Odoi is now feeling fine and back to his usual self following the period of self-isolation required after the player tested positive for COVID-19.
In addition to feeling good, the young winger is hard at work training at home to build and maintain his fitness, as are the rest of the Chelsea squad
2020 03 25 Retrieve
[Stamford Bridge redevelopment off the table as Abramovich’s Chelsea planning permission expires] Chelsea Football Club announces today that it has put its new stadium project on hold. No further pre-construction design and planning work will occur. The club does not have a time frame set for reconsideration of its decision. The decision was made due to the current unfavourable investment climate
2020 04 01 Retrieve
[Later that month Mutu was sacked by Chelsea after he failed a drugs test. A routine test, carried out at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground, showed the striker had cocaine in his system] We want to make clear that Chelsea has a zero tolerance policy towards drugs. This applies to both performance-enhancing drugs or so-called ‘recreational’ drugs. They have no place at our club or in sport
2020 04 12 Retrieve
[Legendary Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Bonetti dies aged 78 after battle with long-term illness] Peter Bonetti’s position in the pantheon of Chelsea footballing gods is unassailable. He was the Cat who broke the mould, defied the odds, drew the gasps, earned the cheers and got the cream. All in front of an adoring Stamford Bridge
2020 04 25 Retrieve
[Coronavirus: Chelsea announce players won’t be taking wage cuts] Representatives of the Chelsea board have recently held extensive talks with the men’s first team to discuss how they can contribute financially to the club during the coronavirus crisis. The objective of these talks has been to find a meaningful partnership around ensuring we preserve jobs for staff, compensate fans and participate in activities for good causes. We are grateful to the team for having played their role in assisting the club with community activities as well as all the charitable causes they have been supporting in their respective home countries and through the Players Together initiative supporting the NHS. At this time, the men’s first team will not be contributing towards the club financially and instead the board have directed the team to focus their efforts on further supporting other charitable causes. As this crisis develops the club will continue to have conversations with the men’s first team regarding financial contributions to the club’s activities
The club can confirm we will not be taking advantage of the government’s current Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which runs to 30 June. We are not planning any general redundancies or furloughs for our full-time staff who are continuing to be paid 100 per cent of their current wages. Casual workers and match day staff employed by the club are being compensated by us through 30 June as if matches had been played and we had been operating as normal. We are continuing our current level of financial and other support to our professional women players and also to our women’s academy programmes. Our women’s team and staff have been very supportive of our charitable activities during this crisis which has been appreciated by both the club and the respective charities
2020 04 25b Retrieve
[Chelsea fail to agree wage reduction with players] At this time the men’s first team will not be contributing towards the club financially and instead the board have directed the team to focus their efforts on supporting charitable causes
As this crisis develops the club will continue to have conversations with the men’s first team regarding financial contributions. We are grateful to the team for having played their role in assisting the club with community activities.
The club can also confirm we will not be taking advantage of the government’s current coronavirus job retention scheme which runs to 30 June. We are not planning any general redundancies or furloughs for our full-time staff. Casual workers and match day staff employed by the club are being compensated by us through 30 June as if matches had been played and we had been operating as normal
2020 05 20 Retrieve
[Chelsea renew Giroud’s contract until 2021] Prior to the pause in the season due to the pandemic, Giroud had again emphasized his importance to the squad by taking on the responsibility of leading the attack with Tammy Abraham injured, and making a significant contribution, not least when he expertly found the net to open the scoring in a win against Tottenham in February, and helped to knock Liverpool out of the FA Cup the following month
2020 06 11 Retrieve
[In an unprecedented legal action, Chelsea have pursued Adrian Mutu for millions of pounds in compensation for more than a decade since. In October 2018, the European Court of Human Rights - Mutu’s final recourse to appeal - confirmed that the Romanian owed his former club - and, ultimately, their Russian multibillionaire owner Roman Abramovich - £15.2m] We are exercising our legal remedies to recover the amounts owed to us and we will continue to do so
2020 06 22 Retrieve
[Mario Pasalic: Chelsea sell midfielder to Atalanta after six years at club but no appearances] Atalanta have today exercised their option to sign Mario Pasalic on a permanent deal. The midfielder is currently spending his second year on loan at the Italian side and will now join them permanently ahead of next season. We thank Mario for his service to the club and wish him the best of luck for the next chapter of his career