The Ricketts remain firm in their belief that their bid for Chelsea will succeed. They have spoken with Greg Hands, the MP for Chelsea and Fulham, and intend to meet with Chelsea Pitch Owners PLC to discuss a rebuild of Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust has said that it will continue to “reaffirm that any new owner must share the inclusive values of Chelsea FC and its diverse fanbase”.
Canoville, an anti-racism campaigner, tweeted: “So I’ve seen and heard enough. I’m backing @ChelseaSTrust and saying a big fat anti racism NO to the Ricketts bid!!”
Chelsea supporters voiced alarm after it emerged Joe Ricketts wrote “Muslims are naturally my (our) enemy due to their deep antagonism and bias against non-Muslims” in an email exchange in 2019. Fans pointed out that Thomas Tuchel’s squad contains several Muslim players.metasports
Paul Canoville, the first black footballer to play for Chelsea, has increased the pressure on the Ricketts family by becoming the latest figure to speak out against their attempt to buy the club.
The owners of the Chicago Cubs flew to London for talks with influential supporters on Tuesday and are confident they will make it to the next stage of the bidding process. The Ricketts have plenty of financial clout after partnering with Ken Griffin, a billionaire hedge fund tycoon, and believe their experience of renovating Chicago’s iconic Wrigley Field stadium proves they are strong candidates to buy Chelsea from Roman Abramovich.