Liverpool owner John W Henry has apologized to fans of Liverpool FC supporters, players and staff for their decision to enter the European Super League. The breakaway league was announced on Sunday with all corners of the footballing world opposing it including ex Liverpool player Jamie Carragher. A number of Liverpool fans tied banners all over Anfield protesting the move. The European Super League collapsed after the six Premier League clubs withdrew one after another, forcing John W Henry to issue an apology to all Liverpool fans.
“I want to apologise to all the fans and supporters of Liverpool Football Club for the disruption I caused over the past 48 hours.” John W Henry said. “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 Jurgen [Klopp], to Billy [Hogan, chief executive], to the players, and to everyone who works so hard at LFC to make our fans proud,” he added. “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.” Henry continued. “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.” he concluded. “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.”
The announcement of the European Super League was condemned by the rest of the 14 Premier League clubs who had an online meeting to discuss the repercussions. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin criticized a number of club executives branding them as “snakes and liars”. All players involved in the European Super League were warned that they would not be allowed to play for their international teams again.