Netherlands – investigation as to whether a designated person owns/controls football club

It is being reported in the UK and in the Netherlands, that the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs is investigating whether Roman Abramovich owns or controls the football club Vitesse Arnhem. The allegation of ownership or control is based on a series of financial arrangements and loans.

While those arrangement pre-date the sanctions, if the club was indeed owned or controlled by a designated person its operations since the designation are likely to have been conducted in breach of the asset freeze.

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