Chelsea fans have been advised to stop chanting Roman Abramovich’s name during the club’s official matches.
This comes after fans sang the club’s owner name during the Blues’ 3-1 win over Norwich in the Premier League clash on Thursday night.
Abramovich has been sanctioned by the UK government as part of its response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The 55-year-old faces a prohibition on transactions with UK individuals and businesses, a travel ban and transport sanctions.
“Fans need to remember Abramovich has close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose regime has committed barbaric acts in Ukraine,” Technology Minister Chris Philp told BBC Radio Four’s Today programme.
“I understand why Chelsea fans have some affection for him, but when the regime he is associated with is committing atrocities that is more important than football.
“So I would ask them to think very carefully before doing that again because the barbaric acts of the Putin regime which Abramovich has supported is far more important than football.”