Roman Abramovich, the billionaire owner of Chelsea football club, is unable to visit Britain because his visa has expired, The Times has established.
The Russian tycoon’s investor visa ran out three weeks ago and has not been renewed, according to a source familiar with the matter.
The source said: “He [Abramovich] is in the process of renewing his visa, which is standard procedure. However it is taking a little longer than usual.
“There is no indication that the visa won’t be given – there has been no refusal or negative feedback. It is just taking longer than usual and it’s not clear why.”
Ministers have promised to review the visas of wealthy Russians in the wake of the Salisbury spy poisoning in March.