Liverpool’s principal owner John Henry has issued an apology for his role in signing the club up for the European Super League.
Liverpool were one of six Premier League clubs who announced plans to join a contentious breakaway competition but all six – including Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal – have since responded to fan outrage by withdrawing from the European Super League.
John Henry is the first owner of the Premier League’s big six to personally apologise after a chaotic couple of days.
John W Henry's message to Liverpool supporters. pic.twitter.com/pHW3RbOcKu
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2021
The head of Fenway Sports Group also apologised to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who stood by his opposition to the Super League, and the club’s chief executive Billy Hogan.
“I want to apologise to all the fans and supporters of Liverpool Football Club for the disruption I caused over the past 48 hours,” Henry wrote in a statement 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. 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, 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.
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The #LFC manager explains his thoughts on the breakaway proposals and reveals him and his players were not consulted on the decision.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 19, 2021
“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.”
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