I am sorry – Liverpool owner apologizes to fans after European Super League collapse

Liverpool owner, John W Henry has apologised to the fans of the club following his involvement in the collapsed European Super League (ESL).

The American business mogul took sole responsibility for the “unnecessary negativity”, saying: “In this endeavour, I’ve let you down.”

The Reds and five other Premier League sides withdrew from the ESL on Tuesday evening after a furious backlash.

“I want to apologise to all the supporters of Liverpool for the disruption I caused over the past 48 hours,” Henry said in a video on the club’s 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. Over these 48 hours, you were very clear that it would not stand. We heard you. I heard you.”

The other five Premier League clubs involved – Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham – also pulled out on Tuesday evening.

Before Liverpool’s statement confirming the club’s withdrawal, captain Jordan Henderson had said on social media his side’s “collective position” was that they did not want the breakaway to go ahead.

“We don’t like it and we don’t want it to happen,” read a message that was also posted by many fellow Liverpool players.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp and midfielder James Milner also voiced their opposition to the plans after their Premier League game at Leeds on Monday.

Henry also apologised to Klopp, the players and chief executive Billy Hogan, promising to do all he could to win back the supporters’ trust.

“They have absolutely no responsibility for this disruption,” added Henry. “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.”

“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.”

Meanwhile, Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli admitted the project could not proceed after the Premier League clubs withdrew.

AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid followed suit, taking the total withdrawals to nine.

The Super League, which was announced on Sunday with 12 founding members, has been championed by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, the new competition’s chairman.

Chelsea supporters protested at Stamford Bridge which delayed their game against Brighton.

Source: Modern Ghana



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