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Ricketts family pledge to never join ESL in Chelsea blueprint

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The Ricketts family have vowed to never join a European Super League as part of their eight-point blueprint for Chelsea.

The wealthy Americans are looking to win over the Chelsea fanbase after news that they had been shortlisted as a bidder sparked unrest among supporters.

Having frozen the assets of current owner Roman Abramovich, the UK government will oversee the sale of the club and has expressed concern over the controversy surrounding the family’s bid, which stems from a leaked email in which Joe Ricketts – the patriarch of the family – described Muslims as “my enemy”.

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Comments from other family members have also been criticised and a protest from Chelsea fans was staged outside Stamford Bridge on Saturday, prior to the 4-1 defeat to Brentford.

In response, the Ricketts family have released a statement outlining their vision for the club, which it promises will “fight against any form of discrimination and inequality”.

They also pledged to “never participate in a European Super League” after Chelsea’s attempt to join the league last year led to furious protests from fans.

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

“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. We will:

“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.”

 

 

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