The owner of Liverpool FC has apologised to fans, manager Jurgen Klopp and his players over the club’s aborted bid to join the European Super League.
In a video posted on the club’s official Twitter feed, John W Henry said: “I want to apologise to all the fans and supporters of Liverpool Football Club for the disruption I caused over the past 48 hours.”
He said the project “was never going to stand without the support of the fans”, adding: “No one ever thought differently in England and over these 48 hours you were very clear that it would not stand. We heard you, I heard you.”
He also apologised to Klopp, his players and staff, saying: “They have absolutely no responsibility for this disruption.”
It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the withdrawal of the six Premier League teams from the proposed Super League as the “right result for football fans, clubs and communities across the country”.
Welcoming the exits of Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United from the controversial competition, Boris Johnson said: “We must continue to protect our cherished national game.”
The teams announced their departures amid protests from fans and fierce criticism from many within the game, including former players and pundits.