The Ricketts household has outlined a listing of guarantees ought to it win the bid to purchase Chelsea, saying it might by no means enable the Premier League membership to take part in a European Super League whereas additionally exploring the choice of redeveloping Stamford Bridge.
The Ricketts, who personal the Chicago Cubs, have been included on the shortlist to purchase the west London membership however got here beneath stress from the Chelsea Supporters’ Belief (CST), who mentioned 77% of its members don’t help their bid.
The Ricketts mentioned they’d met with a number of Chelsea supporters over the previous couple of weeks and listened to their suggestions.
“As we enter the next phase of the process, we are sharing a list of specific commitments that give fans a pivotal role in protecting Chelsea’s heritage and building for future success,” they mentioned in an announcement on Sunday.
“We will continue to discuss our ambitions for the club with fans and the wider football community in the coming days.”
The CST doesn’t have a seat on Chelsea’s board or the facility to veto its selections and is in search of larger affect on the membership. The Ricketts household mentioned the CST would have a seat on an advisory committee.
The Ricketts added the advisory committee would have a former males’s and girls’s first group participant, members of the CST and Chelsea Pitch Homeowners, and “influential community leaders.”
Different commitments embody investing within the first group and academy to “continue winning trophies” and making certain the ladies’s group additionally performs matches at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea had been put up on the market by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich earlier than sanctions had been imposed on the oligarch by the British authorities, successfully giving it management of the membership.
U.S. Financial institution Raine Group is overseeing the sale and the successful bidder should even be permitted by the federal government.