John W Henry, Liverpool’s chairman, has apologized to fans and accepted full responsibility for the club’s participation in the ill-fated Super League.
The Reds, who were one of the 12 founding members of the divisive breakaway league, declared late Tuesday night that they had “discontinued” their participation.
Their decision, as well as the five other Premier League clubs involved, was met with widespread outrage and criticism from fans, media commentators, and players.
Liverpool’s statement on Tuesday was just 47 words long and didn’t include an apology, but club owner John Henry has since released a video message via the club’s official channels.
Henry expressed himself as follows: “I’d like to apologize to all of Liverpool Football Club’s fans and supporters for the inconvenience I’ve created over the last 48 hours.
“It goes without saying, but it should be said, that the proposed project will never succeed without the help of the fans. In England, no one ever felt otherwise. You were adamant that it would not stand for the next 48 hours. You were noticed. You were noticed.
“I also want to apologize to Jurgen, Billy, the players, and everyone else at LFC who works so hard to make our supporters proud.” They bear no responsibility for the resulting chaos. They were the ones that were the most disrupted, and not in a good way. This is the part that hurts the most. They adore your organization and strive to make you proud every day.
“I am confident that the entire LFC team possesses the skills, leadership, and enthusiasm required to restore faith and assist us in moving forward. We dreamed of what you dreamed of more than a decade ago when we signed up for the challenges of football. We’ve also put in a lot of effort to develop your club. Our job isn’t finished yet. And I hope you’ll understand that, even though we make mistakes, we’re always trying to do what’s best for your club. I’ve failed you in this endeavor.
“Again, I apologize, and I am solely responsible for the needless negativity that has been spread over the past few days. It’s an experience I’ll never forget. And it demonstrates the impact that fans have now, and will continue to have in the future.
“If this terrible pandemic has taught us anything, it’s how important fans are to our sport, and to every sport.” It can be seen in every stadium that isn’t full. It’s been a particularly trying year for all of us; almost no one has been spared. It’s critical that the Liverpool football family remains intact, vital, and dedicated to the global expressions of kindness and support that we’ve seen from you. I can assure you that I will do everything in my power to help you achieve your goals.
“Thank you for taking the time to listen.”