Roman Abramovich didn’t want to go against boardroom etiquette.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich barred himself from going into the West Ham boardroom, after the two clubs met in midweek, because he was wearing jeans, according to the Telegraph.
The Russian had expected to get away from Upton Park quickly, after the 1-0 victory – hence the casual attire – but his flight was delayed, forcing him to stand outside while the other directors met with their counterparts from the Hammers.
Abramovich was reportedly not keen on the prospect of being embarrassingly turned away by security, despite his worth to the English game.
In the end, it required a personal invitation from West Ham director, Karren Brady, to persuade the Stamford Bridge owner to come in.
Despite the incident, Abramovich would have no doubt been in a good mood, having watched his side maintain their five point lead at the top of the Premier League table, thanks to a Eden Hazard goal giving them a narrow victory at the Boleyn Ground.