June 3, 2023
Tom Ricketts responds to Chelsea supporters amid Stamford Bridge ownership protest

Supporters have been protesting outside of Stamford Bridge against the Ricketts family’s bid for the club and now there has been a response.

Tom Ricketts has reaffirmed his family’s commitment to ‘diversity and inclusion’ at Chelsea should their takeover be successful amid a public protest at Stamford Bridge. Supporters demonstrated on Saturday afternoon ahead of the Blues’ Premier League clash with Brentford.

Having clearly seen the protests, Tom Ricketts released a statement in response. He wrote: “Over the past fortnight, our bid team has met with several supporter groups to explain our vision for Chelsea Football Club. 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 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.”

The opposition to Ricketts comes after their bid for the club progressed to the next stage of negotiations – the family have been confirmed as preferred bidders. However, fans have taken exception to that, with the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust indicating that there is almost little to no support among the fanbase having produced a survey.


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