September 28, 2022

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Ricketts family reveal eight-point plan to Chelsea supporters

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The Ricketts family have pledged to never involve Chelsea in a European Super League, in a statement released by the prospective buyers of the West London club.

Chelsea were one of six Premier League sides to sign up to the ill-fated launch of the Super League in April 2021, with Stamford Bridge the scene of fierce fan protests after the club’s involvement was announced.

The Ricketts family, who own Major League Baseball outfit the Chicago Cubs, are looking to buy the club after owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK government last month.

Furthermore, the family pledged to put diversity and inclusion “at the heart” of their prospective regime after their bid was subject to protests from Chelsea fans.

A statement containing a list of eight “specific commitments” has been released by the family in an attempt to persuade supporters of their ability to protect Chelsea’s heritage and build for future success.

“Over the past fortnight, the Ricketts Family has met with several Chelsea supporter groups and carefully listened to all their feedback,” the statement began.

“As we enter the next phase of the process, we are sharing a list of specific commitments that give fans a pivotal role in protecting Chelsea’s heritage and building for future success.

“We will continue to discuss our ambitions for the club with fans and the wider football community in the coming days.”

The first of the eight commitments made by the family pledged never to make changes to the club’s name, badge, or colours without the consent of supporters, while point two addressed future participation in a revived Super League.

The prospective buyers promised to “never participate in a European Super League and always protect the integrity and heritage of Chelsea Football Club.”

Chelsea Technical Director Petr Cech was forced to confront angry protesters outside the club’s stadium last April, with hundreds of fans gathering to demand the Blues’ withdrawal from the short-lived project.

Meanwhile, point four on the list of commitments addressed concerns around diversity and inclusivity, with a “NoToRicketts” campaign gaining traction on social media after accusations of Islamophobia were made against family head Joe Ricketts.

A recent poll by the Chelsea Supporters trust found that 72% of respondents did not have confidence that the family would “run an inclusive and successful club”, after Ricketts referred to Muslims as his “enemy” in a 2019 email.

The statement, however, promised that the family would “put diversity and inclusion at the heart of the club and fight against any form of discrimination or inequality” if the bid was successful.

Several other promises were made, relating to investment in the first team, exploring the potential redevelopment of Stamford Bridge, and increasing funding for Chelsea Women.

The list also pledged the creation of an “advisory committee” featuring former players, fans’ representatives and community leaders to be involved in the club’s decision-making processes.

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