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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is currently living in Israel, and the Russian billionaire paid a visit to the club’s women’s team who have travelled there to play a friendly game against the country’s national side.
Abramovich has not been granted a new UK visa and the Chelsea owner has not been at Stamford Bridge since April 2018. However, he will able to visit Britain visa-free as an Israeli citizen now.
The friendly game is part of Abramovich-driven ‘Say No to Anti-Semitism’ campaign.
“I didn’t tell them where we were going,” Chelsea women’s coach Emma Hayes told PA. “So that was great to surprise them with that. And they were like giggling teenagers when we went into the room.
“But once Millie Bright and Carly Telford went up and asked for pictures, all the girls were asking for individual shots.
“But we spent time not just talking about this game, but the season ahead, our work over the last season and seasons before, and how proud he is of the team and what we do.
“It’s such a boost to the players, and especially in Jerusalem, it was a wonderful experience for all of them.”