Apr 2, 2014, 10:48 AM EDT
Could a big club have so much control over an affiliated club that it would have the audacity to request the smaller club purposefully not win its league title?
Moreover, is it possible a club would comply?
These are the claims against Chelsea and Vitesse Arnhem being investigated by the Dutch Football Federation.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is pals with Vitesse boss Alexander Chigrinsky and plenty of Blues players have made the trip to Holland to play for the Dutch club.
And with Vitesse Arnhem in the running to finish second to Ajax in the Eredivisie, it’s thought Chelsea would have concerns at its players becoming Cup-tied in the Champions League.
From the BBC:
Chelsea have forged a close playing relationship with the Dutch club in recent years and sent players on loan.
UEFA rules say two clubs under the same ownership cannot play in the same competition.
The Dutch Football Federation has contacted Vitesse to seek further information and will also look into the ownership of the side.
So the concern here from the DFF is that Vitesse is quite literally being controlled and operated by Abramovich, which would cause consternation for both clubs. Chelsea is set to qualify for Europe, and it’s not a stretch to project Vitesse for the Champions League. This is definitely a story worth keeping an eye on, though it hards to imagine the
millions of dollars integrity of the clubs not working out in their favor.
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