Liverpool fans’ group Spirit of Shankly make four demands of FSG after crunch talks

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Liverpool supporters' union Spirit of Shankly (SOS) have outlined four steps they'll like to see club owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) take after they held their first talks since the club's doomed attempt to join the European Super League.

Liverpool, along with five other Premier League clubs, tried to sign up to the new league last month, only for all to reverse their decision just 48 hours later in the wake of mounting fan protests and anger from every corner of the game.

John Henry, the principal owner of FSG, apologised for the move and said that he himself was to blame for the desire to join the Super League.

But angry fans would like more of an explanation over what FSG plan to do next, with Spirit of Shankly sitting down with Reds chief executive Billy Hogan and club representatives on Tuesday.

Liverpool fans have held a meeting with club owners FSG
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The four steps SOS would like to see now are, as per their statement:

  • 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 reconstitution of the LFC board that includes effective, elected and accountable fan representation, and not for members of the current LFC board to be that elected representative. This cannot be token representation, but one that has the ‘golden share’ or veto on the decision-making process. We believe this is desirable, practical and achievable both in the short and long-term.
  • A formal agreement between LFC and Athletic Grounds Ltd and SOS in order to improve collaboration and supporter engagement and involvement, and to ensure this is sustainable for the future.
  • FSG and LFC collaborate with SOS to lead the reform agenda ahead of/in conjunction with the national fan-led review.

Some Reds fans have been protesting against FSG
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  • We also asked for a commitment from FSG that any costs incurred in relation to the creation of and withdrawal from the European Super League will be funded solely by the owners and not by the club. We note that the Kroenke family have already made this commitment to Arsenal FC fans.

Last Sunday's meeting between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford was postponed amid United fans' mounting protests against the club's owners the Glazers.

There isn't yet that level of anger against FSG at Liverpool, although supporters are sure to be noting the developments from this meeting with interest.

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