The Ricketts family have confirmed that they have withdrawn their bid to buy Chelsea.
The group faced huge outrage from supporters for Islamophobic comments made by Joe Ricketts in the past, with fans protesting on social media and before matches outside Stamford Bridge.
While they remained determined to win over the Chelsea fanbase, the Ricketts’ have now confirmed that they declined to submit a final bid before Thursday’s deadline passed.
“The Ricketts-Griffin-Gilbert group has decided, after careful consideration, not to submit a final bid for Chelsea FC,” said a statement released to PA Sport.
“In the process of finalising the proposal, it became increasingly clear that certain issues could not be addressed given the unusual dynamics around the sales process.
“We have great admiration for Chelsea and its fans and we wish the new owners well.”