Paul Canoville

Chelsea’s first black player Paul Canoville met Tom Ricketts over racism issues

Paul Canoville, Chelsea’s first black player, gave potential Blues buyer Tom Ricketts a “severe grilling” on his family’s historic racism issues.Ricketts asked to meet with Canoville and apologised for his father Joe branding Muslims “my enemy” in leaked emails from 2019.Canoville was left impressed by Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts’ determination to build inclusion and diversity programs should his bid to buy Chelsea prove successful.Gary Trowsdale, a patron of the Paul Canoville Foundation, attended the meeting at Stamford Bridge last week, and explained how the American earned their respect amid a candid discussion.Canoville now hopes to meet personally with Chelsea’s...
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Don’t play politics – Paul Canoville demands Chelsea are sold ‘without delay’

Paul Canoville has urged the UK Government not to “play politics” with Chelsea but instead to oversee a quick change of ownership at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea’s first black player has revealed there is a state of alarm at the west London club, with some staff fearing for their jobs.Owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the Government on Thursday as the Conservatives claim to have proven the Russian-Israeli billionaire has links to Vladimir Putin.Abramovich had put Chelsea up for sale on March 2 amid Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine, but Thursday’s government sanctions have stalled that process.While Abramovich’s other UK assets are...

Paul Canoville believes sister’s voice saved his life as he battled through coma

Paul Canoville is convinced it was his sister June’s voice that saved his life, cutting through the coma to bring him back from the brink.Chelsea’s first black player spent six weeks fighting for his life in intensive care in a bleak start to 2021, and can only remember a series of lucid dreams.Hospital staff would hold a mobile phone to the sedated Canoville’s ear, while his sister June urged him on. The 59-year-old believes those one-way conversations are the reason he recovered, from a cocktail of Covid-19 and three emergency operations after a bowel obstruction.Canoville was racially abused by his...

Paul Canoville thanks well-wishers as he recovers from ‘closest call yet’

Chelsea’s first black player Paul Canoville has thanked well-wishers as he recovers from complications following emergency surgery last month. The 58-year-old branded his latest health scare his “closest call yet”, having battled drug addiction and cancer following his football career. Canoville remains in hospital but is off the critical list...