Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich cannot work in UK on Israeli passport

Amid increased scrutiny and a tightening of visa regulations, Abramovich, who had attended almost every Chelsea game since 2003, missed Chelsea's Football Association Cup final win against Manchester United earlier in May.

Israel grants citizenship to any Jewish person wishing to live in the country, with Abramovich reportedly granted an identity card under the Law of Return.

Immigration enforcement officers police the rules and could act if Mr Abramovich was known to be working at Stamford Bridge or engaging in activity to run Chelsea while in the UK.

Mr Abramovich is believed to have flown to Tel Aviv, where he owns a large property, on Monday and obtained documents confirming his status as an Israeli citizen.

Israel passport holders are allowed to enter Britain without a visa for short stays.

The decision to move to Israel coincided with visa complications recently experienced by Abramovich in Britain: his previous visa expired and, according to media reports, his next permit was delayed.

Abramovich is the 10th wealthiest person in Russian Federation, worth an estimated $10.8 billion.

Earlier this week, The Post reported that Abramovich's United Kingdom visa request had not been denied, as some press had reported, but was under review.

Relations have been strained since the poisoning of the former Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury in March.

Rabbi Boroda: "With the upcoming 20-year anniversary, we wanted to specially recognize those who have been vital to our work and to the Jewish community".

Since Abramovich submitted the renewal, there has been plenty of speculations as to why the UK Government are delaying issuing his visa.

Abramovich owns a former hotel in Tel Aviv, close to the Mediterranean coast, and is a regular visitor to Israel.

"A businessman has every right to get Israeli citizenship", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a daily news briefing.

He has previously served as Governor of Russia's Chukotka region.

  • Rogelio Becker