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BTC up on US pro-crypto strategy; Binance CEO turns down Chelsea FC

By Daniela Ešnerová


Blue jersey with Chelsea FC logo on it
Billionaire Chinese Binance CEO Zhao was reportedly in discussion to take over the Premier League club, but has since declined – Photo: Shutterstock

Bitcoin (BTC) was up by 8% in European morning as traders were relieved to learn that the US government under President Biden is planning to embrace cryptocurrency with its new strategy on digital assets rather than to crack down on its use.  

In a US Treasury press release statement issued today, Janet Yellen, Treasury secretary and Federal Reserve chair, said the strategy will support “responsible innovation” that “could result in substantial benefits for the nation, consumers and businesses”. 

Yellen added: “It will also address risks related to illicit finance, protecting consumers and investors, and preventing threats to the financial system and broader economy.

“Under the executive order, Treasury will partner with interagency colleagues to produce a report on the future of money and payment systems. We’ll also convene the Financial Stability Oversight Council to evaluate the potential financial stability risks of digital assets and assess whether appropriate safeguards are in place.

“And, because the questions raised by digital assets often have important cross-border dimensions, we’ll work with our international partners to promote robust standards and a level playing field.”

Short-betters, surprised by the rally, rushed to liquidate positions worth some $95m, with a whopping 88% of short positions closed, based on data from analytics tool Coinglass, as Coindesk reported.

Zhao rules out Chelsea Blues 

Meanwhile, Changpeng ‘CZ’ Zhao, Chinese-Canadian founder and chief executive of Binance – one of the world’s biggest crypto exchanges – has now abandoned any plans to buy the UK’s Chelsea Football Club (FC).


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Short position overnight fee 0.0137%
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Short position overnight fee 0.0069%
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Chelsea FC’s current owner, Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, released a statement on 2 March announcing his intentions of selling off the club after 19 years of ownership, in part in response to increasing threats of sanctions, as he felt this would be “in the best interests of the club”. 

Abramovich has since pledged that net proceeds from sale will go to help Ukrainian victims: “I have instructed my team to set up a charitable foundation where all net proceeds from the sale will be donated. The foundation will be for the benefit of all victims of the war in Ukraine.”

As Zhao is currently worth over $100bn, according to Bloomberg, he would have been one of over a hundred wealthy candidates for taking over the leadership of the club from Abramovich.

However, despite having reportedly discussed a potential takeover with Ambramovich, he ultimately ruled out the deal, with a spokesperson close to him reportedly giving his reason as simply that running a football club is not “one of his priorities”. 

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