The British government did not renew the visa of Roman Abramovich

Soccer Football- Premier League- Chelsea vs Crystal Palace- Stamford Bridge London Britain

Soccer Football- Premier League- Chelsea vs Crystal Palace- Stamford Bridge London Britain

Foreign news portals reported that the United Kingdom authorities did not renew the visa for Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich did not attend Saturday's FA Cup final win over Manchester United because he has not had his UK via renewed, the Financial Times reports.

A source close to Mr Abramovich confirmed that his previous visa has expired and he is in the process of applying for a new one.

Perhaps anticipating trouble in Britain, Mr. Abramovich, according to Swiss news media reports in February, applied for residency in Switzerland but withdrew his application past year after a cool response from the federal authorities in Bern. John Mann, Abramovich's Moscow-based spokesman, told Press Association Sport it was a private matter and there would be no comment.

The British government would not be drawn on the circumstances surrounding Mr Abramovich's investor visa application, stressing: "We don't discuss individual cases".

Since the poisoning of a Russian former spy and his daughter in Salisbury in March, the British government has come under pressure to target "regime-linked money". Britain's Home Office could not be reached for comment. The visa is issued for a maximum of three years and four months and can be extended for another two years.

Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003 and has helped bankroll the club during a period of unprecedented success, including five league titles. "As a result of these reforms, applications reduced by 84 per cent".

Abramovich is one of the wealthiest people in Britain - he's now worth an estimated $12.5 billion - and the owner of Chelsea Football Club.

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