Chelsea Supporters’ Trust awards Ricketts a blow as they try to buy Chelsea from Abramovich
The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust say their members ‘do not support or trust’ the Ricketts family’s offer to buy the Blues.
The influential CST conducted a whirlwind survey of members, with 77% of respondents saying they did not support the Ricketts’ offer to buy Chelsea.
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The Ricketts, owners of the Chicago Cubs, are among the final four bidders aiming to buy Chelsea from Roman Abramovich.
Cubs bosses and siblings Tom and Laura Ricketts are presenting the family’s bid to take over the west London club.
Chelsea fans have staged a protest against the Ricketts’ bid ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Brentford at Stamford Bridge.
Father Joe Ricketts, who has no role in the Cubs or the Chelsea bid, called Muslims “my enemy” in leaked emails from 2019.
Chelsea fans have consistently voiced their concerns on social media, and now CST has added weight to those concerns.
“At this time, it is clear that our members neither support nor have confidence in the Ricketts family’s bid for the club,” read a CSE statement.
“This reflects wider concerns expressed by large vocal sections of Chelsea’s supporter base.
“CST’s Board of Directors is guided by our members, so we do not currently believe it is in our members’ interests for the Ricketts family’s candidacy to succeed.
“We await further public details from the Ricketts family on the concrete steps they will take to address the well-documented concerns of Chelsea supporters.
“If the Ricketts publicly lay out clear and detailed plans for how they will respond to support issues, we may be interviewing our members again next week.”
Tom Ricketts has been building bridges with Chicago’s Muslim community since his father’s comments in 2019 and continues to apologize for his father’s comments.
The Ricketts have added advisory partners to fine-tune their offer before the April 11 deadline for enhanced offers, but their offer is supposed to be funded entirely in cash.
Hedge fund supremo Ken Griffin added his significant personal financial clout behind the Ricketts’ bid for Chelsea.
Blues fans continue to raise fears over the Ricketts’ bid to buy the club, with these issues crystallizing in the CSE investigation.
“Last week, the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust said the Ricketts family must urgently and publicly address the concerns of supporters – particularly in relation to inclusivity, given past and recent statements by family members. “, reads the CSE’s statement.
“We are also committed to asking our members about their confidence and support in the Ricketts family’s bid for Chelsea FC.
“Yesterday we conducted a flash survey of our members. We asked our members if, based on information in the public domain as of April 1, they were confident the Ricketts family would run an inclusive and thriving club, and asked if they supported the family’s candidacy. Ricketts.
“Our members sent a clear message in this regard: 72% of those who responded are not convinced that the Ricketts family would run an inclusive and successful club, and 5% of those surveyed believe they would.
“Similarly, 77% of members who responded do not support the Ricketts family’s bid for Chelsea FC and 3% of respondents are in favour.
“It is essential that the new owners of Chelsea FC have the confidence of the supporter base and demonstrate an understanding of the values we stand for.”
Abramovich put Chelsea up for sale on March 2, amid Russia‘s continued invasion of Ukraine.
The 55-year-old was then sanctioned by the British government on March 10, with Downing Street claiming to have proven his links to Vladimir Putin.
Chelsea have been granted a special government license to continue operating, but under strict conditions.
Abramovich cannot profit from the sale of Chelsea, but had already pledged to write off the club’s £1.5billion debt.
LA Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly and British business titan Jonathan Goldstein, Sir Martin Broughton and Lord Sebastian Coe, the Ricketts family owners of the Chicago Cubs and Boston Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca are the other four contenders.