The Ricketts family have made a number of promises to Chelsea fans if they are successful in their bid to take over the club from Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich.
This comes as a response to protests and demonstrations against them from Chelsea fans before and during their Premier League match against Brentford. Chelsea fans are protesting because of historical islamophobic remarks made by Joe Ricketts in a series of emails. Other remarks made by Pete Ricketts that go against what the club stands for have also played a part in causing the protests.
The Ricketts family also own the Chicago Cubs baseball club and are among the final four bidders involved in discussions with the UK government over a takeover of the club. The government has however expressed concern over the controversy surrounding the family’s bid. Chelsea Supporters Trust on the other hand have doubts over the family’s ability to run the club inclusively.
The promises made include:
- 1. Make no change to the club’s name, badge and crest, or Chelsea blue, without the consent of supporters.
- 2. Never participate in a European Super League and always protect the integrity and heritage of Chelsea F.C.
- 3. Commit the resources necessary across all levels of the club to continue winning trophies, including investing in the first team, experienced football leadership and the Academy.
- 4. Put diversity and inclusion at the heart of the club and fight against any form of discrimination or inequality.
- 5. 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 CST and Chelsea Pitch Owners, and influential community leaders.
- 6. Explore every option to redevelop Stamford Bridge and do everything in our power to keep playing in this historic stadium.
- 7. Match the current commitment to Chelsea F.C. Women and increase the number of women’s matches played at Stamford Bridge.
- 8. Continue the vital charitable work of the Chelsea Foundation, seeking to use the power of football and sport to motivate, educate and inspire
- Chelsea fans what do you think?