Liverpool have now broken their silence on the European Court of Justice’s ruling on the European Super League, insisting their “participation has been discontinued”.
Liverpool was one of the original 12 clubs included in the unpopular breakaway league, before pulling out of the deal following severe public backlash and threats of sanctions from FIFA and UEFA.
But plans for a European Super League were on hold after the European Court of Justice ruled against UEFA and FIFA on Thursday.
It was ruled that the game’s governing bodies were acting “unlawfully” by threatening to ban any club from competing in the ESL.
A number of clubs reaffirmed their loyalty to UEFA in the revised plans presented by A22.
Manchester United, Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea confirmed their stance shortly after the new proposals were announced.
Arsenal then became the fifth ‘Big Six’ English club to withdraw from the ESL, with Liverpool the last club to do so.
In a statement, he said: “Yesterday’s decision of the European Court of Justice does not change Liverpool FC’s previous stance on the proposed European Super League. Our participation has been discontinued.”
“We will continue to work with partner clubs through the ECA and participate in UEFA competitions.”
Liverpool owner John W. Henry apologized to the club’s supporters, Jurgen Klopp and the team’s players for signing the club to the original ESL plans in 2021.
He said, “I would like to apologize to all fans and supporters of Liverpool Football Club for the disruption I have caused over the past 48 hours.”
“It goes without saying, but it must be said that the proposed project was never going to stand without the support of the fans. No one ever thought differently in England. In these 48 hours you were very clear that this would not be tolerated. We heard you. I heard you.
“And I want to apologize to Jurgen, Billy [Hogan, chief executive], to the players and to everyone who works so hard to make our fans proud at LFC. They bear no responsibility for this disruption. They were most hindered and unjust. This is what hurts the most. They love your club and work every day to make you proud.
John W Henry apologizes to Liverpool fans
“I know the entire LFC team has the expertise, leadership and passion needed to restore confidence and help us move forward. When we signed up for soccer challenges more than a decade ago, we had the same dream you did. And we’ve worked hard to make your club better. Our work is not complete. And I hope you understand that even when we make mistakes, we are still trying to act in the best interests of your club. I have disappointed you in this endeavor.
“Again, I am sorry, and I am solely responsible for the unnecessary negativity that has surfaced over the past few days. It’s something I won’t forget. And shows how much power the fans still have today and will continue to have.
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“If there’s one thing this terrible pandemic has clearly shown, it’s how important fans are to our sport and every sport. It is shown in every empty stadium. This has been an incredibly difficult year for all of us; Virtually no one is unaffected.
“It is vital that the Liverpool football family remains intact, vital and committed to what we have seen from you globally with local gestures of kindness and support. I can promise you I will do everything I can to take this forward I can do it, I will do it.”