Chelsea fans protest Ricketts family ahead of shock defeat – Reuters


The Premier League club’s Supporters’ Trust also registered a vote of no confidence against the potential new owners.

Chelsea fans protested against the Ricketts family outside Stamford Bridge ahead of Saturday’s 4-1 home defeat to Brentford and elsewhere recorded a vote of no confidence in the Premier League giants’ potential new owners.

Roman Abramovich put West Londoners up for sale on March 2 just before his assets were frozen over alleged links to Russian President Vladimir Putin in response to the Russian military operation.

If overseen by the UK government, a sale from which Abramovich can in no way benefit is still possible with the Ricketts family among the final four bidding consortia after a shortlist was compiled by the Raine Group.

Raine has set an April 11 deadline for improved offers to be made, but until then Chelsea fans have shown their distaste for the Ricketts family, owners of the Chicago Cubs, who take the reins as the patriarch of the American clan, Joe Ricketts, revealed that he referred to Muslims as “my enemy” in a leaked email in 2019.

Ahead of the game with Brentford on Saturday, fans gathered outside Stamford Bridge and held up homemade banners with messages such as: “No to Ricketts, no to racism, come off” and “We don’t want racists as owners”.

Meanwhile, the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust (CST) revealed that 77% of members did not support the potential Ricketts family takeover while 72% said they had no confidence the Ricketts would lead a inclusive club if their application was successful.

“It is essential that the new owners of Chelsea FC have the confidence of the fan base and demonstrate an understanding of the values ​​we stand for,” CST insisted in a declaration.

“At this time, it is clear that our members do not support or have confidence in the Ricketts family’s bid for the club,” the CSE added, although they pledged to interview the members again if the Ricketts family can “Publicly establish clear and detailed plans for how they will respond to support issues”.

Reacting to the development, the Ricketts family revealed how their bid team met with several groups of supporters to explain their vision.


“At these meetings, and by letter to all bands, we have shared a set of specific commitments that we will make to fans, should our bid be successful. We believe these are far-reaching and certainly include a commitment absolute on the part of the Ricketts Family and the bid team to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of the club,” the statement continued.

“We look forward to further meetings – including with the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust – over the coming days and publicly reiterating our values ​​and commitments,” he added. concludes the family.

After losing to 14th-placed Brentford on Saturday afternoon, Chelsea will now head to the Spanish capital and continue their Champions League title defense against 13-time winners Real Madrid in the quarter-final first leg at the Bernabeu.

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