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Rickett’s family are trying to allay fears over a bid involving Chelsea supporters

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The Ricketts family will continue talks with Chelsea supporters to allay fans’ fears over the Chicago Cubs owners’ bid to buy the Blues, according to the PA news agency.

om Ricketts met with Paul Canoville, Chelsea’s first black player, last week to apologize for father Joe Ricketts’ historic anti-Islamic remarks and set out his vision for the future of the Stamford Bridge club.

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts is set to return to London for more meetings with fans, sources say, while Chelsea fans organized a protest ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Brentford.

An online petition against the Ricketts family’s bid to buy Chelsea has already garnered more than 17,000 signatures.

However, it is understood the Ricketts family remain confident about their proposal to buy the west London club – and their ability to allay fans’ concerns.

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust are among those urging the Ricketts family to publicly respond to concerns.

However, bid principal Tom Ricketts is understood to be limited in what can be voiced as the Cubs chairman respects requests from Chelsea and Raine Group sales advisers to restrict public overtures.

The Ricketts’ bid leaders will continue to meet with prominent Chelsea supporters and groups and are said to have been encouraged by the talks so far.

Family patriarch Joe Ricketts branded Muslims “my enemy” in leaked emails in 2019. Ricketts senior is not involved in the bid to buy Chelsea.

Tom Ricketts has worked hard to forge links with Chicago’s Muslim community and has continued to apologize for his father’s comments.

Brother Pete Ricketts has been linked to anti-LGBTQ sentiment but is not involved in the Chelsea bid – but sister Laura Ricketts is the first openly gay owner of a major American sports franchise with the Cubs.

Laura Ricketts is a key LGBTQ rights activist and plays a prominent role in the Cubs’ charitable foundation.

Roman Abramovich put Chelsea up for sale on March 2 amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

The 55-year-old was then sanctioned by the UK government on March 10, with Downing Street claiming to have proved his ties to Vladimir Putin.

Chelsea have been given a special government license to continue operating, albeit under strict conditions.

Abramovich cannot benefit from Chelsea’s sale but had already pledged to write off the club’s £1.5billion debt.

LA Dodgers part owner Todd Boehly and British business titan Jonathan Goldstein, Sir Martin Broughton and Lord Sebastian Coe, Chicago Cubs owner Ricketts family and Boston Celtics part owner Stephen Pagliuca are the four remaining contenders.

All four bidders are fine-tuning their submissions and could increase the value of their bids for the Blues.

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