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Lewis Hamilton and Serena Williams are part of the consortium to buy Chelsea

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Lewis Hamilton, as part of the consortium of American billionaires Josh Harris and David Blitzer, will play an active role on diversity and racism issues if they are successful in their bid Chelsea.

Yesterday it emerged that two of the world’s biggest sports stars – Hamilton, who is an Arsenal supporter, and tennis star Serena Williams – are part of Harris and Blitzer’s bid, which has so far been spearheaded by former Liverpool and British Airways chairman Martin Broughton.

It is understood that Hamilton and Williams already knew Harris and Blitzer’s staff before their bid for Chelsea was made – and that the pair were part of the group from the start of the process, rather than being drafted in at the last minute as bidders await , to hear who the club chooses as their preferred buyer.

According to a report, seven-time Formula One champion Hamilton and 23-time Grand Slam winner Williams have each pledged £10million (€12million) towards Chelsea’s bid, but that figure has not yet been confirmed.

A spokesman for Hamilton said: “We can confirm that Lewis went along with Martin Broughton’s offer, but the financial figures reported in the Sky article are not accurate.”

Hamilton and Williams have started investing in a number of different ventures and their decision to get involved in the Chelsea bid is seen as the latest step in the next phase of their careers and lives.

One of Hamilton’s main interests in becoming an investor in Chelsea would be advising on and promoting diversity issues, which he has already worked hard on in the Formula 1 industry.

The Hamilton Commission was set up to tackle black underrepresentation in British motorsport. Hamilton spoke out on LBGTQ+ rights during the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, winning the 2021 race wearing a pride flag helmet.

Williams has spoken out about racism issues and made public her desire to invest in diversity.

Diversity issues have become a key part of the Chelsea bid process, with the Ricketts family facing campaigns against their bid over historic anti-Muslim emails before withdrawing from the race.

The club’s first black footballer, Paul Canoville, who was racially abused by his own fans, met with representatives of all the shortlisted bidders.

Sources insist Hamilton is aware that being an Arsenal fan will attract attention if he is involved in a consortium bidding to buy London rivals Chelsea.

But his loyalty as a backer is not expected to count against Harris and Blitzer’s offer and is not considered significant.

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022]

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