Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich has not yet had his visa renewed after it expired last month, it has been reported.
The billionaire, who did not attend yesterday’s FA cup final which his team won 1-0, is said to have returned to his homeland and can’t now enter Britain.
Sources close to the oligarch said his request for a new visa had not been denied, but UK authorities were taking longer than usual to renew it without offering any explanation.
Mr Abramovich has a net worth of £9.3billion, and is the 13th richest man in the UK, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.
The billionaire, pictured here in Switzerland on May 18, did not attend yesterday’s FA cup final which his team won 1-0
Two people close to him have told the Financial Times that his investor visa has run out.
Mr Abramovich made his fortune in oil and aluminium following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
He has since embraced a glamorous lifestyle, with vast private yachts, art deals and his ownership of Chelsea, which he bought in 2003.
Although his £125million mansion in Kensington, west London is one of Abramovich’s residences, he spends a lot of time in Moscow.
He appeared on a US list of senior politicians and oligarchs close to President Vladimir Putin in January.
His team yesterday beat Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup final (Pictured: Gary Cahill lifting the cup surrounded by teammates)
Abramovich, pictured watching Chelsea at their Stamford Bridge ground in April 2016, made h his fortune in oil and aluminium following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991
The list was published by the Trump administration in January and is part of a sanctions law designed to punish Russia for interfering in the US election.
It included 114 senior figures in President Putin’s government and 96 oligarchs.
But President Putin blasted the US for releasing the list, calling it a ‘hostile step’ that will further damage US-Russian ties.
A spokesman for Mr Abramovich has declined to comment. John Mann, based in Moscow, said it was a private matter.
The Home Office also declined to comment.
Security Minister Ben Wallace said: ‘We do not routinely comment on individual cases.’