Chelsea have denied stories suggesting that Roman Abramovich has offered Russia's players money to beat England in Wednesday's vital Euro 2008 qualifier at Wembley.
Reports claimed that the Blues owner had offered the Russian players £40,000 each if they could secure victory against Steve McClaren's side.
But a Chelsea statement said: "Roman Abramovich has never offered, proposed or promised any bonuses to the Russian team to beat England.
"The financial backing Mr Abramovich gives to Russian football, via his National Academy of Football foundation, is for the development of the game as a whole and is not focused on specific matches.
"Mr Abramovich supports grass-roots football initiatives through such efforts as building football pitches, helping to organise youth sports academies and providing training for coaches."