Report: Claim made about the involvement Chelsea fans had in the Ricketts family removing their bid

The Ricketts family reportedly did not retract their bid to buy Chelsea because of the backlash they faced from some supporters.

According to the Independent, the consortium led by the Chicago Cubs owners pulled out of the race for other reasons, with fans’ objections not playing any part in the decision.

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The Ricketts family are relegated

The revelation that the Ricketts family had dropped out of the running to takeover the Blues certainly came as a shock to many keeping track of the process.

They had been on the final shortlist to replace Roman Abramovich, having made it past the Raine Group’s initial tests.

Their party had secured some sizeable financial backing, most noticeably from hedge-fund billionaire Ken Griffin and businessman Dan Gilbert.

However, the family will not pursue Abramovich’s kingdom any further.

“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,” read a statement from the Ricketts.

The backlash in question from Chelsea followers was caused by leaked emails sent by Joe Ricketts, the father of the family, which included unrepeatable and unjustifiable language.

A small protest was then staged outside Stamford Bridge ahead of the game against Brentford a few weeks ago.

Whilst the Ricketts claim this did not sway their verdict, they wouldn’t have enjoyed an easy ride had Abramovich picked them as his successor.

Who is left to bid for Chelsea?

This now only leaves three candidates who could buy Chelsea.

Up on the podium are proposals led by Todd Boehly, Sir Martin Broughton and Stephen Pagliuca.

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With one adversary out of the way, Boehly appears even more likely to acquire the London club.

He has been in the running from the very beginning, gradually building up a head of steam.

The Ricketts’ removal also gives Pagliuca and Broughton a better chance at winning the top prize.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.