On Thursday, Sky Sports reported that the seven-time world champion along with 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams will invest up to £ 20 million in Sir Martin Broughton’s bid to buy the Premier League giants.
The Blues were put up for sale by current owner Roman Abramovich after he was sanctioned by the British government in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February, which examined the oligarch’s close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
On Friday, ahead of training for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Mercedes driver Hamilton confirmed the news and said: ‘When I heard about this, I thought’ Wow ‘. This is one of the greatest opportunities to be a part of.
‘This is a team that is about the community. That’s what really makes a football team, that’s the people in and around it. They have been leaders in their work within D&I [diversity and inclusion] and become more diverse and progressive.
‘So it’s not like we connect with previous owners. Our goal is to continue some of the work they have already done and gain even more influence and become more involved in society. ‘
‘You have seen that in that sport there is still a lot of work to be done to become more diverse and more inclusive. It’s a great platform to bring and educate a lot of the amazing fans that are out there.
“And there are already some fantastic talents within the team who have really stood up against discrimination and worked very closely with the organization to move forward. I think Chelsea fans, the community, are also heavily invested in it. So that’s important. ‘
Hamilton also went on to clarify where his football allegiance lay, having previously expressed his love for Arsenal, one of Chelsea’s toughest rivals.
‘I’ve been a football fan since I was a kid, I played from I was four to 17 years old on teams every year. I played every year through childhood and I have been to several games. When I was young, I played football as a kid around the corner and I really wanted to fit in. I was the only colored boy there.
‘All children supported one another. One was Tottenham, one was Manchester United and I remember I switched between those teams when I was younger and then came home and my sister hit me several times in the arm. My sister Sam basically hit me by saying, “you have to support Arsenal!”
– When I was five or six years old I supported Arsenal, but my uncle Terry is a big Blues fan, so I have been to so many matches with him to see Chelsea and Arsenal play. In the end, I’m a sports fan – it’s the biggest sport in the world and Chelsea are one of the biggest clubs in the world and most successful. ‘
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