In their bid to buy Chelsea FC, the Ricketts family have detailed an eight-point plan which includes promising to never participate in a European Super League.
One of four bidders for the Premier League side, the family have seen protests from fans against their bid due to Islamophobic emails sent by Joe Ricketts three years ago.
In a statement, the Ricketts family explained: “We will never participate in a European Super League and always protect the integrity and heritage of Chelsea FC. We will commit the resources necessary to continue winning trophies, including investing in the first team, experienced football leadership and the academy.”
Fans have also demonstrated their resilience over the Ricketts’ candidacy online, as well as putting on a demonstration at Stamford Bridge over the weekend.
In regards to the aforementioned emails, Tom Ricketts has apologised and named the publicised views ‘abhorrent’, while also creating links to Muslim communities in Chicago.
The statement continued: “We will put diversity and inclusion at the heart of the club and fight against any form of discrimination or inequality. We will create an advisory committee with diverse representation to ensure our decisions are informed by: a former men’s and women’s first team player, members of the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust and Chelsea Pitch Owners, and influential community leaders.”
Furthermore, the Chicago Cubs-owning family also stated that they match the current commitment to Chelsea FC Women and increase the number of women’s matches played at Stamford Bridge.
In an offer that is reported to be fully in cash, the Ricketts family has linked with US investors Ken Griffin and Dan Gilbert in a bid to buy the club. The other three bidders include; Todd Boehly-led consortium, Sir Martin Broughton’s group and Boston Celtics Co-Owner Stephen Pagliuca.
The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust (CST) revealed it is against the family’s bid, and formed a survey of its membership on 1 April to see if “they had confidence that the Ricketts family would run an inclusive and successful club” and “whether they supported” the bid.
The group revealed that 72% of those who responded did not have confidence that the Ricketts family would run an ‘inclusive and successful’ club.