Chelsea fans protest potential Ricketts Family Ownership: A lot of Chelsea supporters have expressed their displeasure with the prospect of the Ricketts family acquiring control of the club.
The Ricketts family went to London in an attempt to persuade Chelsea supporters that they can lead the club to a bright future and that they are among the front runners to buy out Roman Abramovich, as 101 has previously reported.
Chelsea fans, on the other hand, are dissatisfied with their possible ownership, with the hashtag ‘#NoToRicketts’ trending on Twitter last month.
‘This comes after hacked emails via Splinter were re-posted from 2017 containing Islamophobic statements by Joe Ricketts,’ according to football.london.
The most widely circulated remark on social media among Chelsea fans alluded to Islam as a “cult,” with the patriarch of the family saying, “Muslims are naturally my (our) adversary owing to their profound enmity and bigotry against non-Muslims.”
On Friday, Thomas Tuchel said that the Ricketts family would have to deal with the implications of the remarks and that they would have to deal with it if supporters protested:
“Nowadays, if you’re accountable for these kinds of quotes, you have to deal with it and face the repercussions.” Tuchel started on Friday, “You have to face the consequences.”
“You have to cope with it if one of the repercussions is that the fans protest or express their thoughts.”
And now, on Saturday, some Chelsea fans have taken to the streets to protest.
Chelsea fans can be heard yelling “F*** off the Ricketts, you’re not wanted here” in one of two videos uploaded by Goal’s Nizaar Kinsella.
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“Last week, the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust indicated that the Ricketts family must promptly and publicly address supporter concerns – notably with regard to inclusion, given both past and recent remarks by members of the family,” read a statement from the Supporters Trust.
They went on to say that 72 percent of their supporters “do not now have faith in the Ricketts family’s ability to operate an inclusive and prosperous club,” according to a study they conducted.
“At this time, it is evident that our membership neither supports nor believes in the Ricketts family’s bid for the club,” the statement said. This reflects broader concerns expressed by big and vocal portions of Chelsea’s fan base.
“The CST Board is directed by our membership, and we do not feel it is in our members’ best interests for the Ricketts family’s quest to succeed at this time.”
The Chicago Cubs’ chairman, Tom Ricketts, has also issued a statement in response to the criticism of his family’s bid as a result of the stolen emails.
“Our bid team has visited with many supporter groups over the past fortnight to outline our vision for Chelsea Football Club,” he stated.
“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.”