Liverpool’s Fenway Sports Group owners have reportedly cancelled an all-staff meeting scheduled for Tuesday amid fierce criticism over their involvement in the European Super League.
The Reds are one of 12 clubs planning to break away and form their own exclusive league, which would see the founding members guaranteed qualification year on year regardless of sporting achievement.
News of the proposal has sparked outrage throughout European football, with fans and pundits alike expressing their fury at the idea of a competition lacking any form of promotion or relegation.
Before Liverpool’s 1-1 draw away at Leeds on Monday night, the build-up was dominated by talk of the Super League, with fans gathering outside Elland Road to protest.
Leeds players also warmed up for the game in UEFA Champions League t-shirts with the message ‘Football Is For The Fans’ printed on the front, while Jurgen Klopp was forced to field several questions from the press.
It was believed that FSG would speak out on their decision to join the project in a Zoom meeting for all Liverpool staff members on Tuesday.
The Athletic report that chief executive Billy Hogan wrote in an email: “We know that this announcement has provoked strong feelings within the game and elsewhere but we believe this decision is in the best long-term interests of Liverpool Football Club.
“Importantly, this is the beginning of the journey and we can now start an engagement process with you, supporters and key stakeholders to help shape this process in the right way.
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“There is still much more information to come in due course.
“I will keep you updated as we progress on this journey and discuss further on our Town Hall tomorrow.”
But according to This Is Anfield, the proposed meeting was cancelled shortly after full-time of Monday’s draw with Leeds.
Several staff are said to have expressed private concerns over the plans, widely perceived as a money grab at the top of the game.
However, the cancellation of Liverpool’s Town Hall meeting perhaps indicates that club officials are starting to acknowledge the intense level of backlash their proposal has been met with.
Klopp and vice-captain James Milner both admitted on Monday that they too are against any idea of a European Super League.
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