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Email From Liverpool Chief To Employees Regarding European Super League Is Leaked

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Email From Liverpool Chief To Employees Regarding European Super League Is Leaked

An email sent from one of Liverpool's bosses to employees regarding the European Super League has been leaked.

The Premier League champions are one of 12 founding clubs part of the breakaway project that is set to shake football to its core, with Liverpool principal owner John W.Henry one of the vice-chairmen.

At around 8.30 on Monday morning, Billy Hogan, the club's chief executive, sent out an email to all those work for the club in relation to the bombshell announcement on Sunday.

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Simon Hughes from The Athletic was able to access the email and published the very best and most important points as Hogan tried to highlight the context of why Liverpool are onboard with a drastic new mid-week competition featuring 20 clubs.

Hogan attempted to put a positive spin on the news and shed light on the much-maligned plans, while also promising to provide more information in due course.

The email reads as follows:

"Dear Colleagues,

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"You will be aware of the announcement published late last night regarding Europe's leading football Clubs coming together to establish a new mid-week competition, the European Super League, governed by its Founding Clubs.

"It's important as a member of our team that I share with you some of the context.

"For quite some time now, Clubs, including our own, have held numerous longstanding concerns about not only the future of European football but also the way football is run by UEFA. The global pandemic has also accelerated the instability in the existing European football economic model.

"We have therefore joined AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur as Founding Clubs of the Super League. It is anticipated that a further three Clubs will join ahead of the inaugural season, which is intended to commence as soon as practicable.

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The Super League will be the future of European football and if we want to continue our journey of being a sustainable Club with ambition to grow and continue winning trophies then we should absolutely be part of that process and have a seat at the table rather than outside that group.

"The new annual tournament will provide significantly greater economic growth and support for European football via a long-term commitment to uncapped solidarity payments which will grow in line with league revenues. These solidarity payments are expected to be roughly three times what is currently achieved from UEFA competitions. One of the core commitments of the European Super League is to vastly increase financial support for the football pyramid.

"After the start of the men's competition, a corresponding women's league will also be launched, helping to advance and develop the women's game.

"We know that this announcement has provoked strong feelings within the game and elsewhere but we believe this decision is in the best long-term interests of Liverpool Football Club.

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"Importantly, this is the beginning of the journey and we can now start an engagement process with you, supporters and key stakeholders to help shape this process in the right way.

"There is still much more information to come in due course.

"I will keep you updated as we progress on this journey and discuss further on our Town Hall tomorrow.

"Thank you for your continued support."

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In addition to players, governing bodies and MPs, fans of clubs involved and those on the outside have condemned the plans.

Today, Liverpool supporters showed their opposition towards their own club, by hanging banners outside Anfield.

"LFC Fans Against European Super League" and "Shame On You. RIP LFC. 1892-2021" banners were pictured on the gates.

Sky Sports are reporting that the clubs have agreed to participate until 2044 and believe they "cannot be stopped" - even with UEFA stating any players plying their trade for clubs in the European Super League will not be able to play for their country.

Topics: Liverpool, European Super League, Football, Premier League

Josh Lawless
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