Liverpool owner John Henry and his FSG parent company are facing calls to go from fans, despite his humbled apology over the European Super League fiasco.
The American principal owner issued a video apology on the club’s website early on Wednesday morning, after the club had confirmed late the previous evening they had withdrawn their involvement.
Henry said sorry directly to supporters – who had launched protests at Anfield when the news of the plan was first released – as it quickly became apparent they would never accept the idea of a closed league, without any sporting integrity.
“I want to apologise to all the supporters of Liverpool football club…it should be said the project was never going to stand a chance without the support of fans,” he said.
“Over the past 48 hours you were very clear it would not stand – we heard you. I heard you. I’m sorry. 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.”
The fan response though, indicates that apology isn’t enough, with already strained relations between the owners and fans now at breaking point.
The message has been clear – they will not forgive or forget.
And that relationship was summed up succinctly by Reds legend Jamie Carragher, who insisted there is no way back now for Henry.
“There’s nothing left for Liverpool’s owners. I don’t see how they can continue,” he said.
“I don’t see a future for the ownership of FSG at Liverpool on the back of this. I think they’re making it worse for themselves the longer they hang in.”
Liverpool MP Ian Byrne and co-founder of the influential Fans Supporting Foodbanks, believes Henry and his co-owners have betrayed manager Jurgen Klopp and his players.
“Jurgen Klopp said he only found out the day before, how dare they treat someone who has done so much for the football club like that?” he said.
“To imperil his position, which is a worry for all Liverpool fans, it is just beyond the pale.
“So I don’t know where FSG go from here, I really don’t.”
Many fans have reacted passionately on social media rejecting Henry’s apology, and demanding FSG now sell up.
Henry was asked directly whether he would now go, at a Boston Red Sox game on Tuesday evening, but gave only a mumbled response.
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