Heart Of Football

Fun lies at the heart of 'Sarriball'

Wherever Roman Abramovich is watching, he will effectively be no closer than Singaporeans viewing on TV screens as his Chelsea appear at last to be turning on the expansive football he has spent £1 billion (S$1.78 billion) hoping to see.

Exiled in Tel Aviv, or wherever his missile-proof luxury yacht might be, the owner whose roubles transformed Chelsea into one of the big beasts of European football, is denied visa freedom into Britain following the attempt to poison a former Russian spy in Salisbury.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 04, 2018, with the headline 'Fun lies at the heart of 'Sarriball''. Print Edition | Subscribe