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Is Roman Abramovich’s rule at Chelsea nearing its end?

Russian oligarch has become a sporadic visitor to the club into which he has poured more than £1bn since 2003

Roman Abramovich’s absence as Chelsea defeated Manchester United to claim the FA Cup, and the 15th major trophy of his ownership, is now explained by the delay in granting his renewal application for an investor’s visa. Yet, at the time, his non-appearance at Wembley hardly set the alarm bells ringing.

The oligarch has become a sporadic visitor to the club into which he has poured more than £1bn since acquiring it in 2003, missing some significant home games en route and never travelling to away fixtures. While he had attended his side’s loss to Arsenal in last season’s FA Cup final and was regularly seen at Stamford Bridge in the first half of this season, the 51-year-old was last in attendance in his box in the middle tier of the West Stand for the victory over Crystal Palace in March.

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