The Ricketts family has confirmed via PA sports that they have withdrawn their final bid to buy Chelsea.
The Family has come under pressure from Chelsea Fans since they submitted an initial bid to buy the club.
The public backlash was a result of Islamophobic comments made by Joe Ricketts in the past, with led to fans protesting on social media and also protesting during Chelsea’s Premier League defeat to Brentford at Stamford Bridge.
Ricketts has opted not to submit a final offer for the club. The consortium members, including US billionaires Ken Griffin and Dan Gilbert, were not able to address certain issues given the unusual dynamics around the sales process.
The withdrawal of the Ricketts will come as a piece of good news to the Chelsea Fans who protested during Chelsea’s 4-1 defeat to Brentford and the Chelsea supporters forum.
What did they say?
“The Ricketts-Griffin-Gilbert group has decided, after careful consideration, not to submit a final bid for Chelsea FC. In the process of finalizing the proposal, it became increasingly clear that certain issues could not be addressed, given the unusual dynamics around the sales process.
“We have great admiration for Chelsea FC and its fans, and we wish the new owners well.”
“In the process of finalising the proposal, it became increasingly clear that certain issues could not be addressed given the unusual dynamics around the sales process.
“We have great admiration for #ChelseaFC and its fans and we wish the new owners well.”
— Nick Purewal (@NickPurewal) April 15, 2022
The withdrawal of the Ricketts means only three bidders are outstanding; LA Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly, Sir Martin Broughton, and Steve Pagliuca.
Speaking to the press this morning, Thomas Tuchel claimed he has no idea concerning the takeover process and who the potential owners will be.
When asked by a reporter about the ownership situation and if he had any new information following Thursday’s deadline for bids. Tuchel replied “To be honest, no.
“It is still a process. I heard talks are still ongoing with the government. I am still not involved, which I am glad about, I have to say because we have a lot to focus on here.
“This is where our focus goes. Like I said with the first answer, I hope things will be sorted out as soon as possible to have clarity, but I understand it is not that easy.”