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Roman Abramovich faces UK visa renewal ‘delay’

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich did not attend Saturday’s FA Cup win over Manchester United because of ‘delays in renewing his British visa.’

Abramovich was not seen at Wembley as Chelsea beat United 1-0 thanks to a penalty from Eden Hazard. Reports in Russia said he was having problems with his visa application.

According to Russian media site The Bell , Abramovich’s visa expired more than three weeks ago and he has so far not been granted another one.

Asked about the visa, Security Minister Ben Wallace said: “We do not routinely comment on individual cases.”

Mr Abramovich’s office said it does not discuss personal matters with the media.

Reports suggest his investor visa expired three weeks ago.

The delay comes amid increased diplomatic tensions between London and Moscow after the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury.

Abramovich brought Chelsea in July 2003 but has never obtained a residency visa in the UK. 

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