CHELSEA have been ordered to remove the Three logo from their match shirts ‘as soon as possible’ after the end of their £120m sponsorship deal.
The British telecommunications company suspended its business partnership last week after Roman Abramovich was slapped with sanctions.
Chelsea continued to play with their usual kit – including Three and Hyundai, who also put time on their relationship.
But Three has now urged the Blues to STOP using their logo on their shirts.
A Three spokesperson said: “We understand from discussions with Chelsea FC that there are ongoing issues with the removal of the Three logo from shirts, due to kit supply issues and licensing restrictions.
“We have asked Chelsea to come back with a solution to this problem as soon as possible.”
The Stamford Bridge giants are unable to print new kits due to sanctions imposed on Abramovich and the club.
Chelsea received a special license to operate but generate no revenue.
And printing new shirts is on the club’s banned list.
The Blues could be forced to grossly cover the logo with a sticker – much like Bundesliga side 2 Schalke after ending their deal with Gazprom following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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Chelsea will face Lille in the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16 on Wednesday night.
It remains to be seen whether Blues officials will cover up the logo or play as they have in recent games, including the 1-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday.