Chelsea fans will be allowed into Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final – and Champions League clash with Real Madrid will no longer be held behind closed doors.
The Government has eased restrictions on the European champions – allowing them to sell tickets again.
Chelsea had been banned from selling tickets as part of the sanctions placed on Roman Abramovich due to his ties to Vladimir Putin.
It meant they faced the prospect of being forced to lock fans out of their much anticipated clash with Real at Stamford Bridge – with supporters also fearing they would not be allowed into Wembley for the FA Cup showdown with Crystal Palace.
But the terms of the special licence that allows Chelsea to continue football operations have been now been changed following lobbying by the club.
Under the changes Chelsea can sell tickets for games away from Stamford Bridge. They can also sell tickets to away fans for their home games.
And, crucially, they can sell tickets for home games played in the Champions League, FA Cup and Women’s Super League. Any money received from ticket sales will be frozen.
Chelsea will consider the change to the terms a victory – but there will still be concerns regarding revenues, which they claim are crucial to the survival of the club.
There are genuine fears that they will face financial peril if they cannot continue to make money.
However they have been boosted by another alteration, which will allow parent company Fordstam to release £30million to ease immediate cash flow problems.
The Government are also still to increase the £20,000 limit on away travel, which would make the trip to Madrid for the Champions League quarter-final impossible to pay for unless players and staff helped to foot the bill.