CHELSEA faces a nine-point penalty IF the club goes into administration.
Russian owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the British government on Thursday over his close ties to Vladimir Putin.
As a result, his assets – including Chelsea – have been FROZEN.
The club is unable to sell tickets for home and away games, only season ticket holders are allowed to attend the games.
Merchandise sales have also been halted, but the club can sell food and drink.
There is also a ban on all transfers – in or out – and new contracts cannot be distributed.
This effectively means that Chelsea no longer have any source of income.
If the club were to end up in administration, they could face a NINE POINTS penalty deduction.
If they were hit with this punishment today, they would drop to seventh in the Premier League table with Arsenal, Manchester United, West Ham and Tottenham rising.
The Blues are five points above the Gunners and six points above fifth-placed United.
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According to Rob Draper of the Daily Mailthe sanctions will be reviewed in May.
The off-field drama could end up having an effect, with the club only allowed to spend £20,000 on travel for away games.
This casts major doubt on their move to Lille in the Champions League.
Chelsea beat the French side 2-0 in the first leg of their round of 16 in February.
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But with the return match scheduled for Wednesday evening, the club would normally fly on a private plane the day before the game and stay in a luxury hotel.
However, this is likely to breach the £20,000 budget set out in the ‘Russian regulations’.
Lille are one of the closest clubs on the continent to Chelsea remaining in the competition, just three and a half hours away.