The decision comes as owner Roman Abramovich, 51, finds himself at the centre of a visa row.The Russian billionaire took Israeli citizenship on Monday after facing delays in the renewal of his UK one.
A short statement released by the Blues today read: “Chelsea Football Club announces today that it has put its new stadium project on hold. “No further pre-construction design and planning work will occur.
“The club does not have a time frame set for reconsideration of its decision. “The decision was made due to the current unfavourable investment climate.”The Premier League side were planning to redevelop Stamford Bridge and turn it into a 60,000 seater, 165ft new ground.
But the makeover has been plunged into doubt following today’s shock announcement. The dispute comes amid a bitter stand off between the British goverment and the Kremlin over the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and daughter Yulia, 33.British Prime Minister Theresa May has pointed the finger at Russia, who deny the nerve agent attack in Salisbury.
Both sides have expelled a number of diplomats and have hurled scathing remarks at eachother. The stadium’s posponment comes after Hammersmith and Fulham Council passed a motion preventing an injunction blocking working on the ground.
The club had been locked in a dispute with a family who wanted compensation over claims it would block sunlight.