Chelsea Supporters’ Trust ‘neither supports nor has confidence’ in the Ricketts’ family takeover bid


Chelsea Supporters’ Trust lays down the law to the Ricketts family with 77 per cent of fans AGAINST their bid to buy the club from Roman Abramovich amid concerns over diversity and inclusion after patriarch Joe Ricketts called Muslims ‘my enemy’

  • Chelsea fans ‘have no confidence’ in the Ricketts family’s bid to buy the club
  • Just three percent of supporters are in favour of the US-based family taking over
  • Islamophobic comments made by Joe Ricketts have mired the bid in controversy
  • Rival bidders have claimed that the family have received preferential treatment
  • 17,000 Chelsea fans have signed a petition to stop the Ricketts buying the club 

Chelsea Supporters’ Trust have reinforced their opposition to the Ricketts family’s potential takeover of the club.

The Chicago Cubs owners are one of four shortlisted contenders to buy the Blues from Roman Abramovich.

The Ricketts’ bid – which is backed by US hedge fund tycoon Ken Griffin – has been mired in controversy following Islamophobic comments made by family patriarch Joe Ricketts.

Chelsea supporters ‘have no confidence’ in the Ricketts family’s bid to buy the London club

Family patriarch Joe Ricketts, 80, called Muslims 'my enemy' in leaked emails from 2019

Family patriarch Joe Ricketts, 80, called Muslims ‘my enemy’ in leaked emails from 2019

The 80-year-old, who has no role at the Cubs or in the bid to buy Chelsea, described Muslims as ‘my enemy’ in leaked emails from 2019.

It has led to severe backlash from fans, with the apologies of siblings Tom and Laura Ricketts, who are leading the bid, falling on deaf ears.

A poll from the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust revealed that 77% of fans do not support the Ricketts family’s bid and 72% do not have confidence that they would run an inclusive and successful club. Just 3% of respondents were in favour of the family taking over.

‘At present, it is clear that our membership neither supports nor has confidence in the Ricketts family’s bid for the club,’ a CST statement read.

‘This is reflective of wider concerns articulated by large, vocal sections of Chelsea’s supporter base.

Chelsea Supporters' Trust shared the results of a fan poll in a statement released on Saturday

Chelsea Supporters’ Trust shared the results of a fan poll in a statement released on Saturday

Tom Ricketts, who is leading the bid, has continued to apologise for his father's comments

Tom Ricketts, who is leading the bid, has continued to apologise for his father’s comments

There are four parties left in the race to buy Chelsea from outgoing owner Roman Abramovich

There are four parties left in the race to buy Chelsea from outgoing owner Roman Abramovich

‘The CST Board is guided by our membership, and thus we do not currently believe it is in the best interests of our members for the Ricketts family’s bid to succeed.

‘We await further public detail from the Ricketts family on concrete steps they will take to address the well-documented concerns of Chelsea supporters.

‘Should the Ricketts publicly set out clear and detailed plans on how they will address support concerns, we may survey our members again in the next week.’

The results of the poll come after a petition to stop the Ricketts family buying Chelsea reached over 17,000 signatures.

There have also been allegations from rival bidders that the family’s proposal is being given preferential treatment.

Rival bidders say the Ricketts have received preferential treatment by meeting Paul Canoville

Rival bidders say the Ricketts have received preferential treatment by meeting Paul Canoville

The Times have reported that there is concern that the bidding process’ rules have been ‘breached’ after Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck organised a meeting between Tom Ricketts and former Blues player Paul Canoville.

Canoville, the club’s first black player, had previously called for the family’s bid to be rejected as a result of Joe Ricketts’ comments.

The other three bidders are consortiums led by former British Airways chairman Sir Martin Broughton and LA Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly respectively, as well as Boston Celtics owner Stephen Pagliuca. The deadline for final bids to be submitted is April 11.

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