Russian billionaire and owner of Chelsea football club Roman Abramovich has been offered citizenship in Pontardawe.

The news comes following delays in Mr Abravomich’s visa renewal, possibly due to diplomatic tensions between Britain and Russia. The move would make Abravomich one of the wealthiest people in the area.

Pontardawe Council spokesperson Pete Bowen said: “We’re a Neath Port Talbot borough but we have a Swansea postcode, so we have the worse of both worlds.

“We did however uncover an ancient bylaw which allows us to grant citizenship to tax dodging billionaires. Who knew?

“We hosted Mr Abramovich recently to give him a tour of all of the attractions in the area, in other words we showed him the Swansea Canal. He was impressed by the canal though.”

Abramovich’s PA Theresa Connell said: “We don’t have an official position on this yet, to be fair I don’t even think Pontardawe knows what it’s official position is.

“Due to Roman’s wealth we’re used to people trying to exploit him and we do feel that the demands to purchase Pontardawe RFC for £300 is a bit strong, especially for an oligarch with such integrity.

“That being said, we like the fact Roman can say “I live in Ponty” and no one will really know if it’s Pontardawe, Pontypool or Pontypridd.”

Council spokesperson Bowen added: “We’ve just signed off on our new oligarch tax, just in time too.”

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