By Dr Dan Plumley

14th Jun, 2022 | 1:47pm

Finance guru: Chelsea wrangling with 'legal implications' as £43m deal hits the buffers

Chelsea and the rest of the Premier League likely took so long to scrap their new Russian TV deal because of legal complications.

That is the view of finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the now-aborted agreement with Match TV.

The broadcaster, which is run by state-owned energy company Gazprom, had signed a six-year deal to air the Premier League in Russia from 2022-23.

But as relayed by BBC Sport last Thursday (9 June), the £43million deal has been suspended indefinitely in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The invasion began in February and lit the touchpaper on an unprecedented deluge of economic sanctions on Kremlin-backed companies.

Chelsea felt the full force as Vladimir Putin ally Roman Abramovich was forced to sell the club, with American billionaire Todd Boehly ultimately finalising a takeover at the end of May.

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Plumley theorised that contractual considerations may explain why it has taken the Premier League almost four months to put the deal with Match TV on ice.

“I’m not exactly sure why it has taken as long as it has done,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“Maybe clubs wanted more time to look at it in further detail. There are considerations around breaking a contract and the legal implications there.

“These are all things we can suggest might explain why it has taken so long. Obviously, the league needs to reach a majority vote on it, and that majority is 14.

“You have to get to that point first. But either way, it’s only a couple of million when you split the value of the deal out across the clubs.

“They have reached the right call as a collective, even if it has taken them longer than other competitions.”

In other news, pundit suggests Thomas Tuchel “at risk” at Chelsea as sack news emerges.