Liverpool’s hierarchy have held ‘positive’ talks with a leading fan group who have laid down four demands in a bid to repair relations between the club and its support.
Fan group, Spirit of Shankly, had demanded talks with Liverpool‘s ownership amid the fallout from the European Super League proposal, the Reds one of six Premier League clubs to announce their participation before withdrawing interest following an angry backlash from the fanbase.
The aftermath has since seen protests from several sets of supporters against their respective ownerships, with Arsenal and Manchester United fans gathering outside of stadiums for protests, the latter’s demonstration seeing their fixture with Liverpool postponed on Sunday on safety grounds.
Spirit of Shankly last week demanded to speak to Liverpool’s ownership in a bid to move forward, with an open letter to the club’s hierarchy making four clear demands:
- Two SOS representatives at LFC board level in relation to issues that impact fans and the Anfield community as a whole. This would involve a reconstitution of the LFC board that includes effective, elected and accountable fan representation, and not for members of the current LFC board to be that elected representative. This cannot be token representation, but one that has the ‘golden share’ or veto on the decision-making process. We believe this is desirable, practical and achievable both in the short and long-term.
- A formal agreement between LFC and Athletic Grounds Ltd and SOS in order to improve collaboration and supporter engagement and involvement, and to ensure this is sustainable for the future.
- FSG and LFC collaborate with SOS to lead the reform agenda ahead of/in conjunction with the national fan-led review.
- We also asked for a commitment from FSG that any costs incurred in relation to the creation of and withdrawal from the European Super League will be funded solely by the owners and not by the club. We note that the Kroenke family have already made this commitment to Arsenal FC fans.
The group have now revealed that the demands have been ‘received and acknowledged’ by the club in what was a ‘positive’ meeting, and have been taken away for discussion before returning with a response.
Liverpool supporters will hope the club follow in the footsteps of Chelsea, who have announced that fans will be now present at board meetings ‘to ensure general supporter sentiment is considered as part of the Club’s decision-making process’.