Chelsea’s influence at Vitesse is greater than they let on

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How worried should Chelsea be by the Vitesse claims?

Date: 13th April 2014 at 10:16pm
Written by Cal Byrne

‘Just follow the money trail’, that was the instruction given by Deep Throat to Carl Bernstein in All the President’s Men. The idea being that if you want to find the motivation for an action, just look at who stands to profit from it. Under this kind of logic, we may come to the conclusion that Chelsea had a hand in the dramatic slump in form that saw Vitesse go from league leaders, and therefore Champions League qualifiers, to a fight for Europa League football next season. Vitesse Arnhem owner Alexander Chigirinsky is a known friend of Roman Abramovich’s and Chelsea have certainly benefited from the ‘feeder’ relationship that they have with the Dutch club. But former Vitesse owner Merab Jordania has claimed that the relationship goes much further than this. Jordania has claimed that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich also owns Vitesse, and that the Dutch were under strict orders from ‘London’ not to qualify for the Champions League. This is because according to UEFA regulations, ... Read More

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