TOM RICKETTS’ controversial bid to buy Chelsea has surprising support – from a leading US Muslim.
The owner of the Chicago Cubs baseball outfit has made a formal offer Roman Abramovich‘s blues.
But the political ramifications of his father’s views on race haunt the campaign.
Ricketts’ Christian father, Joe, claimed Muslims were “my natural enemy” in emails that surfaced in 2019 and some now Chelsea The fans don’t want the family to take control of their club.
But shockingly, the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Chicago has come out in support of the Ricketts camp.
Group chief executive Ahmed Rehab said: “Today, as the Ricketts family make a bid for Chelsea Football Club, I have seen some attempts to use this unfortunate incident against them and their bid.
“So, as one of the main cast of this episode, I have to say in good conscience that I believe the Ricketts family and our community have come a long way from this moment and are in a very positive place.
“And that’s thanks in no small part to the leadership of the Cubs’ Tom Ricketts and Julian Green.
“In fact, I believe they have set exemplary precedent for apologizing and making amends for a mistake, when again this is an individual mistake that has nothing to do with Tom or the Cubs.
“Today I support the Ricketts family’s bid for Chelsea, both as a Muslim leader who has seen the goodness of their character and community work, and as a die-hard football fan who grew up in England and to this day never misses a Premier League game .”
Ricketts is just one of several serious bidders waiting to hear from managing bank Raine if they’ve made the shortlist of prospects.
They insist that since the unsavory episode much work has gone into building bridges to the Islamic community in the American Midwest.
Premier League giants Chelsea have been put up for sale after the owner Abramovich was sanctioned by the British government over claimed Connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
US tycoon Todd Boehly, Chelsea fan Nick Candyformer Tory MP Seb Coe, finance firms Aethel and Centricus and even former Blues skipper John Terry are vying to buy the £3billion team.
Potential buyers have been waiting all week to find out if they made it to the second round.
Ricketts insists his father had nothing to do with his proposal and the family issued a statement yesterday to try to quell growing suspicions in them.
The statement read: “Our family rejects in the strongest terms any form of hatred. Racism and Islamophobia have no place in our society.
“We have forged deep and enduring partnerships with Chicago’s Muslim community – as well as all communities of color.
“Respect for diversity and inclusion are core values of our family.
“If we win our bid to join Chelsea, we make a commitment to the club and the fans to actively promote those values.”
Ricketts has also vowed to make the redevelopment of Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge site a priority – and not stray from their spiritual homeland – if he becomes the club’s new owner.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/18046925/tom-ricketts-controversial-chelsea-takover-backed/ Tom Ricketts’ controversial takeover bid for Chelsea has been backed by leading US Muslims despite outrage over emails from ‘natural enemies’.