In a statement, the Foreign Minister's office explained that the two competent national authorities - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Finance - have given the green light to the request received from Roman Abramovich.

"The Portuguese authorisation stems from the guarantee given by the British authorities that the proceeds from the sale will be used for humanitarian purposes, not directly or indirectly benefiting the owner of the club, who is on the European Union's sanctions list", adds the note.

The Portuguese Government's position is in agreement with the European Commission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.