CHELSEA face a nine-point penalty IF the club end up in administration.
Russian owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK government on Thursday due to his close ties with Vladimir Putin.
As a result, his assets have been FROZEN including Chelsea.
The club are unable to sell home and away match tickets, with only season ticket holders allowed to attend games.
Merchandise sales have also been halted, but the club can sell food and drink.
There is also a ban on any transfers – incoming or outgoing – and new contracts cannot be handed out.
It effectively means Chelsea now have no source of income.
If the club were to end up in administration they could face a NINE-POINT penalty deduction.
Were they hit with that penalty today, they would drop to fifth in the Premier League table with Arsenal and Manchester United moving up.
According to the Daily Mail's Rob Draper, the sanctions will be reviewed in May.
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The drama off the pitch could end up having an affect on the pitch with the club only allowed to spend £20,000 on travel for away matches.
That throws their trip to Lille in the Champions League into major doubt.
Chelsea beat Lille 2-0 in the first leg of their last-16 showdown in February.
But with the second leg scheduled for Wednesday night, the club would ordinarily fly out on a private plane the day before the match and stay in a luxury hotel.
It comes as:
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- Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is sanctioned by UK Government and BANNED from selling club
- Club at threat of POINTS DEDUCTION
- Chelsea are banned from selling match tickets
- Club slapped with transfer ban and giving out contracts
- Tonight's game against Norwich is ON despite the drama
- Strict travel budget means ban on private jets to away games
- FIVE players are now certain to leave in summer
However, that is likely to breach the £20,000 budget laid out in the 'Russian regulations.'
Lille are one of the closet clubs on the continent to Chelsea that are left in the competition, being just a three-and-a-half-hour drive away.
And a points deduction could throw Chelsea's place inside the top four into jeopardy.
The Blues are five points above Arsenal and six points above fifth place Manchester United.
Should points margins stay the same between now and the end of the season, both West Ham and Tottenham could also leapfrog Chelsea in the table.
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