Chelsea have rubbished reports that owner Roman Abramovich has offered Russia’s players a financial incentive to beat England at Wembley.
The two countries meet tonight in a crucial Euro 2008 qualifier at Wembley.
According to reports the Russian players would receive £40,000 if they were to defeat England.
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.”