Chelsea’s bank accounts have been frozen by Barclays following the sanctions imposed on Roman Abramovich by the British government.

Club credit cards are also blocked. The reason for the suspension is that the bank needs time to review the license it has been granted to Chelsea to resume football-related activities, Skysports reports.

Chelsea hopes the suspension will be lifted soon.

The British government on Thursday granted Chelsea a license to resume football-related activities after Abramovich had “his assets frozen, a prohibition on transactions with UK individuals and businesses, a travel ban and transport sanctions” imposed on him.

The sanctions are aimed at preventing the 55-year-old from making money in England, but the government has given Chelsea a special license that allows them to play matches, pay staff and existing ticket holders to attend matches.

However, Chelsea cannot offer players or staff new contracts, make transfers or sell new tickets for matches, as is the case.