BRUSSELS (AP) — Roman Abramovich has filed a lawsuit at the EU’s typical court docket towards the European Union Council, which imposed sanctions on the previous Chelsea proprietor as aspect of measures focusing on Russia and President Vladimir Putin’s near allies.

The EU in March integrated the Russian oligarch on its list of men and women specific with frozen property and vacation bans more than their function in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Officials from the Council and the EU’s court docket could not comment on the facts of the lawful situation when contacted Tuesday.

Abramovich was forced to market Chelsea immediately after staying sanctioned by the British authorities for what it termed his enabling of Putin’s “brutal and barbaric invasion” of Ukraine.

The sale of the Leading League club for 2.5 billion pounds ($3.2 billion) — the maximum price tag at any time compensated for a sports workforce — was done Monday by a consortium fronted by Los Angeles Dodgers portion-proprietor Todd Boehly. It marked the finish of the trophy-loaded, 19-yr tenure of Abramovich.

The European Commission, the EU’s govt branch, stated Portuguese authorities confirmed that the sale of Chelsea by Abramovich — who retains a Portuguese passport — does not benefit him or an entity involved with him, and that the proceeds would only be introduced for humanitarian things to do in Ukraine.

“This follows near engagement in between the European Commission, Portugal and the United Kingdom aimed at making sure that the sale is entirely in line with the EU sanctions legislation,” the Commission claimed in a concept to The Related Push. “The successful implementation and enforcement of EU sanctions are a priority for the Fee.”

When it sanctioned Abramovich in March, the EU claimed he “has experienced privileged entry to the (Russian) president, and has taken care of really very good relations with him. This link with the Russian chief served him to keep his sizeable prosperity.”


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