Chelsea Chicago Supporters’ Club has warned Roman Abramovich and all those in charge of selling the club against letting the Ricketts family take over at Stamford Bridge.
Brian Wolff, head of the Supporters Club, cited the troubles and controversies that came with the redevelopment of Wrigley Field, as well as the political leanings of the family.
Wolff said that he was reporting the vast majority opinion of Chelsea fans, suggesting that the Ricketts family does not support the BAME and LGBTQ+ communities.
Daily Mail had earlier reported that a number of Muslim players at Chelsea do not feel comfortable with the Ricketts becoming the club’s owner after some emails from Joe Ricketts resurfaced last week in which he described Muslims as ‘the enemy.’
“As the Head of Chelsea Chicago Supporters Club, and the Chelsea Fans’ Forum Overseas Representative, I’ve had a unique position hearing what supporters in Chicago and worldwide have said regarding the Ricketts family’s bid for Chelsea,” Wolff’s statement reads.
“The Ricketts’ political donations, fundraising and support for candidates who do not share the inclusive views of Chelsea Football Club and its supporters are wholly inconsistent with 19 years of fantastic work done by the club and the Chelsea Foundation, most notably as a leader in committing to a living wage and efforts to protect and promote equality for BAME and LGBTQ+ communities,” he added.
Wolf went on to point out that Ricketts’ ownership of Chicago Cubs baseball and redevelopment of Wrigley Field poses the question whether the family group will build upon Chelsea’s success on the pitch.
He also wonders if the Ricketts family would allow the continuity of the Chelsea Pitch Owners and to keep Chelsea playing at Stamford Bridge as their home ground forever.
“On behalf of countless supporters worldwide, I urge you to reject their bid for ownership of Chelsea Football Club in favour of others who will commit to not only building upon the last two decades of investment in players and infrastructure, but equally important, the investment in supporters and the values we hold dear,” he said.
The United Kingdom government had sanctioned Russian billionaire businessman, Abramovich over his association with President Vladimir Putin who recently ordered the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces.
Abramovich, however, is not the only Russian Oligarch bearing the pains of the ongoing war in Ukraine as the US and other Western countries have severely sanctioned all prominent Russians in their countries and also seized their assets.
Meanwhile, the asset freeze, as a result of sanctions imposed on Chelsea owner, Abramovich means the club cannot even sell their tickets for matches.
Ministers have placed the Blues under a special licence after taking action against the Russian billionaire.
The licence seeks to prevent Chelsea and by extension Abramovich from generating new revenue