Hundreds of Chelsea fans stage protest against potential Ricketts ownership outside Stamford Bridge before Brentford clash as Tom Ricketts issues statement April 2, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer
Hundreds of Chelsea fans gathered outside Stamford Bridge on Saturday to protest against a potential takeover by the Ricketts family.
Prior to the Blues’ Premier League clash with Brentford, supporters made their feelings clear about the controversial ownership bid.
But Chelsea fans are calling for Americans’ bid to be rejected due to alleged racist comments made by the family’s patriarch, Joe Ricketts.
Supporters previously had the hashtag ‘NoToRicketts’ trending on Twitter, while also raising concerns with the club and online with a petition against the bid reaching over 20,000 signatures.
And on Saturday hundreds protested in person outside Stamford Bridge.
Chants of, “F*** off the Ricketts, you’re not wanted here,” rang out as various placards were held up to ram home the point.
The Ricketts family have moved to insist they do not accept any kind of racism or hatred.
Joe Ricketts is not involved in the Ricketts family bid, with their candidacy led by Chicago Cubs chairman Tom.
Tom Ricketts confirmed meetings with the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust, and pledged to sit down with more fans in a bid to prove his family’s suitability to take over at the west London club.
“Over the past fortnight, our bid team has met with several supporter groups to explain our vision for Chelsea Football Club,” said Tom Ricketts in a statement on Saturday.
“In those meetings, and by letter to all groups, we have shared a set of specific commitments we will make to fans, if our bid is successful.
“We believe these are far-reaching and certainly include an absolute commitment on the part of the Ricketts family and the bid team to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of the club.
“We look forward to more meetings – including with the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust – over the coming days and to making a public reiteration of our values and commitments.”
The CST issued their own statement on Saturday, insisting its membership ‘neither supports nor has confidence in’ the Ricketts family’s bid.
The influential Chelsea fan group conducted a snap survey of members, with 77 per cent of those polled claiming not to support their offer.
“At present, it is clear that our membership neither supports nor has confidence in the Ricketts family’s bid for the club,” read the CST statement.
“This is reflective of wider concerns articulated by large, vocal sections of Chelsea’s supporter base.
“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.”
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