Sports “leak”, toxic reaction and worries about real money – The Athletic April 7, 2020 0 55 Share Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Linkedin ReddIt Email Print Tumblr Telegram Mix VK Digg LINE Viber Liverpool had no plans to make an announcement on Saturday afternoon regarding their controversial decision to use the British government’s job retention program Coronavirus. “Our hand has been forced,” a senior club source told The Athletic. Anfield’s hierarchy believes details have been leaked by another Premier League club after what Liverpool understood to be confidential discussions involving high-level teams on how they intended to manage the effects of the pandemic. Liverpool’s plan was to wait until Monday to issue their statement to ensure that each affected employee was informed by the club directly by letter before any public announcement. The owners of Fenway Sports Group were unaware that the publication of a hastily constructed statement on the club’s website confirming that non-player personnel had been placed on leave would trigger a furious backlash that culminated 48 hours later in a dramatic and public turnaround. ..