City to face sanctions amid Chelsea saga?

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With Roman Abramovich forced to sell Chelsea due to the sanctions imposed on him by the UK government, Manchester City's owners could reportedly find themselves in a similar situation. 

While the ownership of Chelsea is yet to change hands, the Blues are expected to have new owners in due time as bidders continue to stake their claim for the club.

Abramovich's alleged close ties with Russia president Vladimir Putin has proved costly for the billionaire, who now has to part ways with the club he bought in 2003 due to his nation's invasion of Ukraine.

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Europe's largest country has been met with condemnation as a result, including from the football fraternity, and has seen all its clubs and national teams suspended from UEFA and FIFA competitions.

While things continue to unfold regarding Russia and its oligarchs, the UK government has now expressed its criticism of City owner Sheikh Mansour for recently meeting with Syria president Bashar al-Assad, according to the BBC.

This has led to suggestions that British officials might consider taking similar action against Mansour, who is the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, to that of Abramovich.

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Al-Assad and his regime have been accused of committing atrocities against its people for 11 years, thus bringing Mansour's affiliation with them under the spotlight amid the situation involving the Russian oligarch.

"It is the UK's firm belief that – in the absence of a change in behaviour by the Syrian regime – strengthening ties undermines the prospect of a lasting and inclusive peace in Syria," the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said in a statement to The Athletic in response to the news of Mansour's engagement with Al-Assad.

UK member of parliament Chris Bryant also questioned whether the owner of the Premier League champions was a "fit and proper person to be owning a football club" in a recent interview with The Telegraph.

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