Moscow - An associate of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich confirmed
on Monday that the Russian billionaire's British visa has not been renewed.
Abramovich was noticeably absent from the stands when Chelsea won
England's FA Cup final at Wembley this weekend.
The associate told
The Associated Press that Abramovich's visa renewal application is
taking longer than usual, saying the reason for the delay was unclear.
He spoke on the condition of not being identified because he was not
authorised to comment publicly.
Britain pledged to review the
long-term visas of rich Russians in the aftermath of the March
poisonings of Russian former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the
English city of Salisbury.
Britain blames Russia for the pair's exposure
to a nerve agent, an allegation Moscow strongly denies.
poisonings sparked a Cold War-style diplomatic crisis between Russia and
the West, including the expulsion of hundreds of diplomats from both
Then-Home Secretary Amber Rudd said in March that the
British government was reviewing "tier one" investor visas given to
about 700 wealthy Russians.
Abramovich's visa troubles first were
reported Sunday by the Russian media outlet The Bell.
It quoted two
unnamed sources as saying the soccer team owner's British visa expired
The British government said it would not comment on
Prime Minister Theresa May's office said visa
applications from Russia are dealt with "rigorously and properly."