‘Angry’ Chelsea bidders fear Ricketts family will receive ‘preferential treatment’

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck has come under fire from other potential candidates for the club after he allegedly facilitated a meeting between Tom Ricketts and Paul Canoville.

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Chelsea bidders are said to be angry at what was seen as preferential treatment given to the Ricketts consortium in their bids to buy the club, according to reports.

Raine Group, the US company leading the sale process, has reportedly asked Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck to facilitate a meeting between Tom Ricketts and Paul Canoville. This despite a strict ruling written in a letter which was sent to bidders that there should be no contact with Chelsea’s management team – which includes Buck, as well as directors Marina Granovskaia and Eugene Tenenbaum.

Concerns had arisen over the Ricketts family, owners of the Chicago Cubs, after Canoville, who was Chelsea’s first-ever black player, expressed dissatisfaction with their attempts to buy the London outfit amid allegations of racism. He tweeted: “I’ve seen and heard enough. I support @ChelseaSTrust and say a big anti-racist NO to the Ricketts’ offer!!”

But after an hour-long meeting with Ricketts, Canoville’s fears seemed to have eased. “As the club’s official racism ambassador, I was grateful to be asked for my opinion on the sale,” he said. “I was delighted to meet Mr. Ricketts and expressed my concerns about some public statements made by members of his family. I was reassured by his response.

“I hope to meet the other potential buyers in the coming days to have the same honest and candid conversations about their values ​​and their commitment to diversity and community work. It is essential that the club is sold to the right person.”

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But according to The temperature, other groups looking to buy Chelsea are furious at the perceived preferential treatment. It was stated that they were shocked that they broke their own rules to hold the meeting.

“Why did Bruce help Ricketts organize this meeting? a source told The Times. “It’s a joke. He’s actually helping them clean up their reputations when we’ve all been told we can’t speak to the Chelsea executive until we get the chance to meet them the next week. We see it as a violation of the rules of the process, a failure to follow the instructions.

The Raine Group has asked the consortia to refrain from making public statements about their offers, as the whole sale becomes more high profile than Chelsea would like. The meeting was confirmed by the Stamford Bridge club as Buck was also present but it was stressed that he was not involved.

There has been a growing social media campaign against the Ricketts family power grab, which also has the backing of US billionaire Ken Griffin. It comes after a series of racist comments came to light from Tom’s father Joe who branded Muslims the ‘enemy’ in 2019.

Mirror Football have contacted Chelsea Football Club for comment.

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