Abramovich faces wait for United Kingdom visa

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Representatives of Russian billionaire and Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich have refused to comment on media reports that his visa has not been extended.

The 13th richest person in Britain (according to the Sunday Times) did not attend Chelsea's 1-0 win over Manchester United in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Although Abramovich's application has not been denied, the report says "UK authorities were taking longer than usual to renew it without offering any explanation".

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Perhaps anticipating trouble in Britain, Mr. Abramovich, according to Swiss news media reports in February, applied for residency in Switzerland but withdrew his application a year ago after a cool response from the federal authorities in Bern.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich missed watching his side win the FA Cup yesterday as he's still awaiting the renewal of his United Kingdom visa. It quoted two unnamed sources as saying his British visa expired last month.

Security minister Ben Wallace said the Home Office did not routinely comment on individual cases while Mr Abramovich's spokesperson also declined to comment. Under Abramovich, Chelsea have seen their club rise to the top of European football with a Champions League victory in 2012 being the apex of his spell.

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Abramovich - whose net worth of £9.3billion makes him the 13th richest man in Britain - has been forced to return to Russian Federation as a result.

Tier 1 visas are given to applicants who want to open businesses in Britain and have at least £50,000 in investment funds.

Then British home secretary Amber Rudd was questioned about the investor visa route in relation to Russian applicants when she appeared before the Home Affairs Select Committee in March.

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"As a result of these reforms applications reduced by 84%".

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