Well.. Josh you've got some excellent opinions there.
One of my great reasons for not liking Roman Abramovich - has nothing to do with football. But the hate spreads to football aswell.
Baisically.. he grew up as a poor boy in a small village in Russia. His mother and father being pretty much peasants. I don't know the straight facts.. but when Roman grew up - he was handed a billion contract to become the head of "Sib Neft" - Russian oil company. This company (which was unnofficial) provided him billions of dollars - which were all stolen during the years when the Soviet Union fell apart.
It sounds mad.
But all these squilions stolen (when i say billions it is a huge under statment of reality) lead to pretty much what there is in Russia today.. poverty, corruption, black mail and all the other horrible things no country wants.
It probably seems like a powerful country under the shadow of Europe.. but under the surface it's awfull. Politics, religion and every day life decided to mix.. that's when things went wronge.
I just see no reason why people should respect him. Although this is my opinion, please oppose freely.