London (AFP) – The Ricketts household has insisted it rejects all types of hate after Chelsea followers and an ex-player voiced considerations over the bid by the Chicago Cubs house owners to purchase the Premier League membership.
The household is one in all plenty of events who’ve expressed an curiosity in taking on from Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who put the European champions up on the market following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Family patriarch Joe Ricketts, who will not be concerned within the household bid for the London membership, was accused of Islamophobia in 2019, after a string of emails had been leaked.
The household has moved to distance itself from the accusations.
“Our family rejects any form of hate in the strongest possible terms,” the Ricketts household stated in an announcement. “Racism and Islamophobia have no place whatsoever in our society.
“We have developed deep and abiding partnerships with the Muslim community in Chicago, as well as with all communities of colour.
“Respect for diversity and inclusion are central to our family’s values. If we prevail in our bid for Chelsea, we commit to the club and to the fans that we will actively promote these values.”
Joe Ricketts described Muslims as “my enemy” in an electronic mail trade three years in the past.
Ricketts Senior later apologised for the feedback, whereas his son Tom, the Chicago Cubs chairman who’s main the Chelsea bid, distanced himself from his father’s assertions.
Chelsea supporters have expressed considerations over the bid to membership officers, whereas Thomas Tuchel’s squad options 4 Muslim stars in N’Golo Kante, Antonio Rudiger, Hakim Ziyech and Malang Sarr.
Former Chelsea winger Paul Canoville, the Blues’ first black participant, was outspoken on social media, tweeting: “A big fat anti-racism NO to the Ricketts bid!!”