Liverpool owners FSG sent Ed Woodward warning over European Super League stance

European Super League: 'Beginning of the end' says expert

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Former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness has stressed that Reds supporters will not forget the role of ownership group FSG in brokering the club’s involvement in the proposed European Super League. The plans for the tournament, which were announced on Sunday evening and met with widespread criticism, appear to be in disarray with a number of clubs expected to withdraw in the coming days.

Manchester City became the first of the six Premier League clubs to formally announce their intentions to pull out of the competition on Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are believed to be preparing their own exit strategy, and speculation has suggested that Manchester United could be the next club out the door after chairman Ed Woodward’s resignation was announced.

The controversial 49-year-old, who was said to have been a major player in the formation of the Super League, will step down at the end of 2021 after nine years in his current role.

Souness has suggested that FSG and Liverpool chief John Henry could face a similar fate in the near future, with the vast majority of supporters enraged by their club’s inclusion in the competition.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Chelsea’s goalless draw with Brighton, Souness said: “They’ve been found out. And we know as well as anyone, how will the Scousers take to John Henry after this? I don’t know how he comes back from this.

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“This wasn’t an idea someone had a fortnight ago, this has obviously been on the go for months and months and months.

“So these chairmen have been going to Premier League meetings, albeit via Zoom no doubt, knowing that their intention was in a few months to pull out of the Premier League.

“So they’ve been so under-handed – these are relationships that will take some mending.

“And the biggest one is not chairman to chairman, it’s chairman to supporters, which is very important.

“I know the Scousers, they will not forgive John Henry for this. I can’t see how he gets back from this, I honestly can’t.

“I think it’s different for [Chelsea owner] Roman Abramovich. I think he’s been dragged in, and [Manchester] City have been dragged in.

“I imagine the catalysts for this would have been the Americans at Liverpool and Man United, along with the two big clubs in Spain who by all accounts are absolutely skint.

“How you recover from this I’m not quite sure, because the relationship between the supporter and the board in some cases will be damaged forever.”

It remains to be seen whether the six English clubs involved in the Super League will face any sort of punishment from the Premier League, UEFA or FIFA.

Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson led his team-mates in condemning the proposals on Tuesday evening, with a number of players posting a simple but effective message on Twitter in order to voice their disapproval.

“We don’t like it and we don’t want it to happen,” the statement read.

“This is our collective position. Our commitment to this football club and its supporters is absolute and unconditional. You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

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