Four members of the Liverpool supporters’ union were invited to attend a meeting with Hogan and other officials on Tuesday as the club aim to make amends following main owner John W Henry’s involvement in the European Super League, today failed.
Reds owners Fenway Sports Group were among the main drivers of the project which collapsed within 48 hours of the plans being launched after outcry from all corners of the game, with fans protesting outside Premier League matches to express their opposition.
Manager Jurgen Klopp and his first-team players, as one, spoke out against the proposals and Henry accepted full blame for the mistake and apologized.
The protests at Anfield have not been as loud as some of the other ‘Big Six’ ones and SOS recently asked its members what the next step should be.
The overwhelming majority vote (89 percent) supported SOS to be represented at the board level and to work with the club on a reform program and this was communicated to the club by the group.
Following Tuesday’s meeting, Liverpool chief executive Hogan, who recognized the need for “positive and meaningful change”, vowed to discuss supporters’ wishes with the owners.
SOS made the following four requests to Liverpool during the meeting.
- “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.
- “The FSG and LFC are working with SOS to lead the reform agenda before / in conjunction with the national fan-led review.
- “We have also asked the FSG to undertake that all costs related to 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 has already made this commitment. to Arsenal FC fans. ”
In a statement, SOS added, “These motions have been recognized and received by the LFC. 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 that there was a need to create a new structure leading to meaningful and lasting fan engagement. “
Chelsea to involve supporters in board meetings
Chelsea announced on Tuesday that they have decided to include fans in board meetings from July 1 to ensure that ‘fan sentiment’ is factored into decision-making.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and council “deeply regret” their decision to join the separatist competition, according to a club statement, and are now taking steps to make up for it for fans.
Three ‘fan advisers’ will be elected to represent supporters on the board, with Chelsea now ready to start consultations with fan groups to determine the selection process.
Chelsea said the successful candidates, who will attend four board meetings each year, will have no voting rights but will be present to offer advice on “a wide range of issues”.