John W Henry apologizes to Liverpool fans

Liverpool owner John W Henry has apologized to supporters and taken full responsibility for the club’s involvement in the ill-fated Super League.

It was announced late on Tuesday night that the Reds had “discontinued” their involvement in the controversial breakaway league.

They have originally been one of the 12 founder members.

Their withdrawal, and that of the five other Premier League clubs involved, came on the back of widespread anger and condemnation.

This came from supporters, media pundits and players alike.

Liverpool’s statement on Tuesday amounted to just 47 words, and offered nothing by way of an apology.

But Henry, the club’s principal owner, has since issued a video message via the club’s official channels.

John W Henry apology

“I want to apologise to all the fans and supporters of Liverpool Football Club for the disruption I caused over the past 48 hours.”

“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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“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.”

Fans hung banners outside Anfield when news of the Super League plot emerged.

Meanwhile, the Liverpool team were abused and insulted when arriving at Elland Road for Monday night’s Premier League game with Leeds.

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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