John W Henry warned he ‘has no right to own Liverpool Football Club’ after European Super League fiasco as Adrian Durham celebrates football fans
Adrian Durham has warned John W Henry he ‘has no right to own Liverpool Football Club’ in the wake of the Reds’ proposed involvement in the European Super League
Henry took full responsibility for the ‘disruption’ caused and addressed supporters in a video message posted by the club on Twitter on Wednesday morning.
The Merseyside outfit and the other ‘big six’ Premier League sides announced on Tuesday night that they have withdrawn from the hugely controversial project.
The American businessman acknowledged the breakaway competition would only have worked with fans’ full support and said he alone was responsible for the ‘unnecessary negativity brought forward over the last couple of days’.
“I want to apologise to all the fans and supporters of Liverpool Football Club for the disruption I caused over the last 48 hours,” he said.
“It goes without saying but should be said, 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.”
Heads have already began to roll over the explosive attempt of a breakaway, with Ed Woodward announcing his resignation as Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman.
Reds fans, and even Anfield legend Jamie Carragher, have since urged Henry and his Fenway Sports Group to be next and resign from their leadership of the Merseyside club.
And Durham echoed these sentiments on Wednesday evening, suggesting Henry had ‘no right’ to own the historic club.
“He has got no right to own Liverpool football club,” Durham said on Drivetime. “Absolutely no right whatsoever.
“All he had to do was ask Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold.
“All he had to do was ask a fan, Jurgen Klopp. It’s not like he hasn’t got a hotline to his own manager, you just had to ask him the question!”
FSG supremo Henry, who also owns Major League Baseball franchise Boston Red Sox and their historic home Fenway Park, is worth a staggering $2.8BILLION.
And he, along with the owners of the 12 other ESL founding clubs, have been accused of greed for signing up to the £4.3bn-backed breakaway, which would have seen the big clubs guaranteed a place in the competition – and the money that goes with it – indefinitely.
Liverpool fans reacted angrily to their club’s involvement, with a supporter group announcing they were stripping the Kop of its famous fan-made flags and banners.
And Durham reserved special praise for football fans for uniting to halt the European Super League.
He added: “Sunday evening, the Times published a story that six Premier League clubs wanted to form an exclusive, greedy Euro Super League – from the Premier League.
“They were not necessarily going to break away, but join forces with some Euro giants and keep all the money for themselves.
“The fans mobilised themselves, you football lovers mobilised yourselves. It led to the scenes that we witnessed live on Drive yesterday outside Stamford Bridge with Laura Woods.
“And in that time, whilst she was there and the fans were protesting, that’s when it all started to crumble and it didn’t take long.”