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The Ricketts family upped the ante in their controversial bid to buy Chelsea from Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich on Sunday when they produced a list of commitments, including never taking part in a European Super League, in a sweeping plan in eight points aimed at appeasing Chelsea supporters.

The Ricketts, owners of the Chicago Cubs, who are among four bidders for the club, have met resistance from fans due to historic Islamophobic emails from family patriarch Joe Ricketts. Supporters raised concerns about the Ricketts’ bid online and staged a small protest at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

They have now set out their vision for Chelsea’s future should they win the race to buy the west London club after talks with several groups of supporters over the past fortnight. Bid leaders and siblings Tom and Laura Ricketts have pledged to protect Chelsea’s home of Stamford Bridge, the club’s colors and crest – as well as protecting the positions of the men’s and women’s teams at the top of the global game.

A statement from the Ricketts family said: “We will never compete in a European Super League and will always protect the integrity and legacy of Chelsea FC. We will commit the necessary resources at all levels of the club to continue to win trophies. , including investing in the first team, experienced football managers and the academy.

“We will put diversity and inclusion at the heart of the club and fight against any form of discrimination or inequality. We will create an Advisory Board with diverse representation to ensure our decisions are informed by: a former men’s and women’s first team player, members of the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust and Chelsea Pitch Owners, and influential community leaders.

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“We will explore all options to redevelop Stamford Bridge and do everything in our power to continue playing at this historic stadium. We will match the current commitment to Chelsea FC Women and increase the number of women’s matches played at Stamford Bridge.

“We will continue the vital charitable work of the Chelsea Foundation, seeking to use the power of football and sport to motivate, educate and inspire.”

Tom Ricketts has repeatedly apologized and called the views posted “abhorrent”, while forging ties with Muslim communities in Chicago. He declared his “absolute commitment” to diversity and inclusion in a statement on Saturday.

The Ricketts family have teamed up with multi-billionaire US investors Ken Griffin and Dan Gilbert for a bid to buy Chelsea that is supposed to be funded entirely in cash.

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