Liverpool owner John W Henry has issued an apology to the club’s supporters and staff over the Reds’ involvement in plans for a European Super League.
Liverpool were one of six Premier League teams to formally announce their involvement in plans for a breakaway competition, a tournament that threatened the existence of domestic divisions and the Champions League and proposed guaranteed annual entry for the financial elite.
Each of the Premier League’s ‘big six’ have now withdrawn their interest in what was a dramatic evening on Tuesday amid the uproar from the footballing world, with leading figures having condemned the greed of elite sides for their proposals for a tournament without sporting integrity.
The fall-out looks set to continue and has raised questions over the ownership of the Premier League’s leading sides, Henry now speaking out to apologise to those associated with Liverpool for the ‘mistakes’ made.
“I want to apologise to all the fans and supporters of Liverpool Football Club for the disruption I caused over the past 48 hours,” he told the club’s official website.
“It goes without saying but should be said that the project put forward was never going to stand without the support of the fans. No-one ever thought differently in England. Over these 48 hours you were very clear that it would not stand. We heard you. I heard you.
“And I want to apologise to Jürgen, to Billy, to the players and to everyone who works so hard at LFC to make our fans proud. They have absolutely no responsibility for this disruption. They were the most disrupted and unfairly so. This is what hurts most. They love your club and work to make you proud every single day.
“I know the entire LFC team has the expertise, leadership and passion necessary to rebuild trust and help us move forward. More than a decade ago when we signed up for the challenges associated with football, we dreamed of what you dreamed of. And we’ve worked hard to improve your club. Our work isn’t done. And I hope you’ll understand that even when we make mistakes, we’re trying to work in your club’s best interests. In this endeavour I’ve let you down.
“Again, I’m sorry, and I alone am responsible for the unnecessary negativity brought forward over the past couple of days. It’s something I won’t forget. And shows the power the fans have today and will rightly continue to have.
“If there’s one thing this horrible pandemic has clearly shown, it’s how crucial fans are to our sport and to every sport. It’s shown in every empty stadium. It’s been an incredibly tough year for all of us; virtually no-one unaffected. It’s important that the Liverpool football family remains intact, vital and committed to what we’ve seen from you globally, with local gestures of kindness and support. I can promise you I will do whatever I can to further that.
“Thanks for listening.”