Tennis icon Serena Williams and Formula One World Champion Sir Lewis Hamilton are committing millions in the takeover bid for the English football club
The fight for Chelsea football clubs isn’t over yet, with a shock and unexpected bid from two of the world’s biggest sporting heroes.
23-time tennis major winner Serena Williams and seven-time Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton are joining a consortium vying for the ownership of Chelsea Football Club.
Reports suggest the bid is spearheaded by Sir Martin Broughton, a British businessman and deputy chairman of International Airlines Group.
The two sporting legends are jumping on board the bid as sports business investors and are set to throw millions behind the bid.
The bid is one of the final three left in the race, and if it wins the sporting icons will reap significant financial benefits.
It is unclear at this stage whether they would play an ambassador role in the club.
The club was put up for grabs after sanctions were placed on its former owner and Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, amid the war in Ukraine.
The west imposed wide-sweeping sanctions on Russia’s elite, to put pressure on Vladimir Putin.
This included oligarchs living abroad in other countries, including Roman Ambramovich.
Abramovich agreed it was best for the club’s interest to step away, but continues to deny any friendly ties with Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
Williams loses first round at Wimbledon
There’s been a bit of drama on the court as the most prestigious tennis Grand Slam gets underway
Spectators filled the All England Club on Monday to watch the biggest tennis stars hit the court at Wimbledon.
After coming back from a lengthy break, Serena Williams lost in three sets to 24-year-old, Harmony Tan.
“When I saw the draw, I was really scared. I don’t know what to say, I’m so emotional now because she’s a superstar,” Tan says.
Tan took the first set 7-5, before Williams took over 6-1. Tan fought back to win a thrilling third set tie-breaker.
Despite her dramatic loss, the former world number one is brushing off retirement rumours.
Kyrgios spits at crowd
Meanwhile, in men’s singles, Aussie tennis star, Nick Kyrgios, caused a bit of a stir calling the chair umpire a “snitch” after she supposedly complained to the court umpire about his behaviour.
The 27-year-old will likely be up for a fine for also spitting towards a fan during the match.
Kyrgios says there was a lot of disrespect from the crowd, which is why he admitted to spitting towards a fan.
“I’ve been dealing with hate and negativity for a long time, so I don’t feel like I owed that person anything,” he says.
Katerina Kostakos contributed to this report
Mike Riley steps down as referee chief
One of the biggest names in the referee world, Mike Riley, has confirmed he will be stepping down as head of the English League referees
After 13 years, Mike Riley has confirmed he will be stepping down from his role as managing director of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).
The iconic referee leader will finish his role at the end of the 2022-23 season. Riley says he has enjoyed working in such a ‘dedicated group’.
The Premier League formally thanked Riley for his contributions and commitment over the last 13 years.
The search is now on to replace the top spot with Riley collaborating with the new team before officially stepping down.
Hero coach rescues U.S. swimmer at Olympic event
U.S. Swimming coach, Andrea Fuentes, has saved the life of an American Swimmer, Anita Alvarez, at the FINA World Championships
Fuentes dived into the pool to rescue unconscious Alvarez from the bottom after her Olympic qualifying event.
In a nightmare moment, the 25-year-old didn’t return for breath after her synchronised swimming event and instead began to sink.
In a split-moment decision, Coach Fuentes jumped into the pool to rescue her, after the lifeguards failed to act.
The young Olympic medalist was unconscious and not breathing but quickly received medical attention on the edge of the pool.
She was taken to hospital and is now reportedly in ‘good health’.
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