Fans warn Blues off Ricketts
Chelsea have been warned off the Ricketts family’s takeover bid by fans of his Chicago Cubs MLB franchise, writes ETIENNE FERMIE.
Family patriarch Joe Ricketts has already sparked deep concerns among the Blues fanbase, after Islamophobic emails sent in 2012 resurfaced.
Chelsea supporters were appalled last week when leaked emails sent by the 80-year-old emerged featuring a number of disturbing messages including “Muslims are my enemy”.
The Athletic claim that more than 20 bids were made to the Raine Group for Chelsea by last Friday’s deadline.
A shortlist of three is expected to be selected imminently, with the Ricketts family confident that they will make the cut.
The Chicago Cubs owners possess the backing of US hedge fund manager Ken Griffin, who is worth an estimated £20billion.
Prospective buyers with existing experience of owning a sports team are thought be preferred, putting Ricketts in a strong position.
In 2016, the Ricketts-owned Cubs won their first World Series in over 100 years, but fans have still taken issue with their running of the MLB franchise. And in an open letter, head of the Chelsea Chicago Supporters Club Brian Wolff, who also roots for the Cubs, pleaded for Ricketts’ bid to be rejected.