This has been a rollercoaster few days for football. We have experienced nigh on every emotion possible since Sunday night after our national sport came under attack. The Super League is now dead in the water and it’s time to consider the repercussions with owners beginning their apology tours. John Henry implying that Billy Hogan has nothing to do with Liverpool being in the Super League is insulting to fans’ intelligence.
Super League in and out
On Sunday night a dozen clubs announced that they planned to ruin football forever.
Well, they phrased it more like they were setting up a Super League.
This proposed Super League was to be a closed shop, one which would replace the Champions League; a competition for which the founding fathers were guaranteed a spot each year.
The dozen guilty clubs being: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham, AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid.
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The competition threatened to undermine the footballing pyramid and in turn threaten the very future of the sport as we know it.
After a vicious backlash against the competition clubs began to bottle it.
On Tuesday evening Chelsea pulled out of the tournament and the rest soon followed.
By the end of the night each Premier League team had withdrawn and this morning Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli said that the Super League can no longer go ahead.
John Henry Liverpool apology
This morning saw some serious backtracking.
John Henry issued an apology to Liverpool fans for tarnishing the club’s reputation.
The chairman’s video received widespread criticism. Sure, it came across as heartfelt and sincere but we aren’t ready to forgive.
In the apology John Henry appeared to imply that Billy Hogan had nothing to do with Liverpool entering the Super League, saying:
“I want to apologise to Jürgen, to Billy [Hogan], to the players and to everyone who works so hard at LFC to make our fans proud.
“They have absolutely no responsibility for this disruption. They were the most disrupted and unfairly so. This is what hurts most. They love your club and work to make you proud every single day.”
Who is Billy Hogan at Liverpool?
Plenty of fans are wondering who is Billy Hogan at Liverpool?
He’s only the Chief Executive Officer. That’s right. Billy Hogan is CEO at Liverpool.
He was elevated to the role over the summer, this week he sent out an email to staff members extolling the virtues of the Super League.
John Henry implying that the CEO of Liverpool had nothing to do with this decision is insulting fan’s intelligence.
Of course he knew. Now Henry is trying to keep his CEO’s name unmuddied. It’s too late for that.
If you’re going to apologise and own up then do it properly, don’t try and save one of your cronies in order to protect your future dealings.