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Spirit of Shankly Reports Positive Talks With Liverpool CEO

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The supporters’ group released an official statement following their meeting with Billy Hogan.

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In the wake of the Super League scandal, the Liverpool supporters are trying to find a way to regain trust in FSG. The whole debacle only lasted a week, but the repercussions will continue to some time.

Spirit of Shankly held a belated meeting with Liverpool CEO Billy Hogan and released a statement claiming that the initial talks were positive. The supporters’ group had a list of requests that they brought to the meeting.

These included the following:

  • 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.
  • 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.

You can read the whole statement here.

The statement also claims that the club received their requests and would consider them and give a formal decision in coming days.

The fan backlash after the Super League situation has been swift, not just at Liverpool, but all around the Premier League. Fans are demanding more input in decisions that the owners make in the name of their beloved clubs. It will be interesting to see what, if any, changes that come of these protests.