Representatives of SOS have met with managing director Billy Hogan and other members of the Liverpool Football Club after a request last week following the failure of the club’s pursuit of a new Super League.
These requests relate to two fan representatives at board level, a formal agreement with the club, collaboration on a national fan-led review and the fact that the costs incurred for the pursuit of the Super League are funded by the owners and not by the club.
The SOS statement reads as follows:
• Two SOS representatives at LFC board level in relation to issues that impact fans and the Anfield community as a whole. This would involve a replenishment of the LFC board of directors that would include effective, elected and accountable fan representation, and not for the current LFC board members to be that elected representative.
It cannot be a symbolic representation, but a representation that has the “golden share” or the veto over the decision-making process. We believe this is desirable, practical and achievable in both the short and long term.
• A formal agreement between LFC and Athletic Grounds Ltd and SOS to improve collaboration and fan engagement and involvement, and to ensure this is sustainable for the future.
• FSG and LFC are working with SOS to lead the reform program before / in conjunction with the national fan-led review.
• We have also asked the FSG to undertake that all costs associated with the creation and withdrawal of the European Super League are financed only by the owners and not by the club. We note that the Kroenke family have already made this commitment to the supporters of Arsenal FC.
These motions were recognized and received by the CFL. They took them for discussion and will formally respond to SOS with a new local meeting scheduled in the coming days.
This initial consultation was positive and both sides agreed on the need for a new structure leading to meaningful and lasting fan engagement.
Hogan is now expected to discuss these requests with the Fenway Sports Group hierarchy, including John Henry, Tom Werner and Mike Gordon.
Earlier on Tuesday, Chelsea announced that they will have three ‘fan advisers’ at all club board meetings starting this summer.