Liverpool Major owner John W. Henry apologized to fans the day after his club withdrew from the crumbling European Super League due to widespread outrage in the football community.
The Merseyside team and five other Premier League clubs announced the announcement on Tuesday You would withdraw from the competition, just 48 hours after the announcement.
After this the announcement of the league, Fans had said they would be rRemoving their banners from the legendary Kop stand In protest, the club’s players published statements on social media that they did not want to compete in the league.
– Jordan Henderson (@JHenderson) April 20, 2021
That was what the grandson of the Liverpool legend Bill Shankly had asked for The statue of his grandfather outside Anfield is removed when the league went ahead.
“I would like to apologize to all Liverpool Football Club fans and supporters for the disturbance I have caused over the past 48 hours.” Henry said in a video address on Wednesday.
“It goes without saying, but it should be said that the proposed project would never last without the support of the fans. Nobody in England thought otherwise. In those 48 hours you knew it wouldn’t last. We heard you, I heard you.
“And I would like to apologize to Jürgen [Klopp]to [CEO] Billy [Hogan], to the players and to everyone who works so hard at LFC to make our fans proud. You have absolutely no responsibility for this disorder. They were most disturbed, and wrongly so. That hurts the most. They love your club and work to make you proud every day. “
The league with 12 teams from all over Europe was announced on Sunday. There was no mention of any consultations with fans or other stakeholders as to whether the club would participate in the tournament.
Fenway Sports Group owns Liverpool and the Boston Red Sox. Photo by Michael Regan / Getty Images
“I know that the entire LFC team has the expertise, leadership and passion necessary to rebuild that trust and move forward,” said Henry. “More than a decade ago, when we signed up for the challenges of football, we dreamed what you dreamed of. And we worked hard to improve your club. Our work is not done. And me hope you will understand. ” Even when we make mistakes, we try to work in the best interests of your club. In this endeavor I have let you down.
“I’m sorry again and I am solely responsible for the unnecessary negativity that has been generated in recent days. I will not forget that – and shows the power that the fans have today and rightly will continue to have.”
“If there is one thing that this terrible pandemic has clearly shown, it is how important the fans are to our sport and to every sport. It is shown in every empty stadium. It has been an incredibly tough year for all of us; practically no one is unaffected by it. It is. ” It is important that the Liverpool football family remains intact, vital and committed to what we have seen from you around the world, with local gestures of kindness and support. I can promise you that I will do everything I can to promote this. “
Fenway Sports Group, of which Henry is founder, bought Liverpool in 2010. It also owns several American teams, including the Boston Red Sox.
The new league was touted as a franchise similar to American sports such as the NFL, in which promotion and relegation do not exist.