Success for Anfield side over pathetic American co-owners.
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Liverpool’s American owners suffered a further setback after a High Court judge ruled their injunction to block the sale of the club was ineffective.
The ruling paves the way for the club to be sold to New England Sports Ventures (NESV), owners of the Boston Red Sox baseball team, for £300m.
On Wednesday Reds’ owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett took out an injunction in Texas to block any proposed sale.
But Judge Christopher Floyd said that ruling had no validity in England.
The latest development come after Hicks and Gillett’s reign at Anfield had looked close to ending on Wednesday.
Their attempt to block the proposed sale of the club to NESV was dismissed by the High Court, despite having the backing of other directors including chairman Martin Broughton, managing director Christian Purslow and commercial director Ian Ayre.
But that ruling led the American owners to take out a temporary restraining order in a Dallas court, halting any planned sale.
On Thursday, Mr Justice Floyd again came down in favour of the club by granting an anti-suit injunction and criticising Hicks and Gillett’s conduct, calling it “unconscionable” and adding that “this case has no real connection to Texas.”
Yet even despite the second judgement of the High Court, the much-criticised owners requested a further hearing in Texas on Thursday.
Mr Justice Floyd has given Hicks and Gillett until 1600 BST on Friday to withdraw their legal action in America, or face charges of contempt of court.
That deadline would allow the sale of the club to go through, which is essential if the club are to avoid defaulting on the repayment of £240m of loans due to Royal Bank of Scotland on Friday. (BBC Sport)
One would hope that this was the final attempt by Tom Hicks and George Gillett to keep their hands on the club but we wouldn’t be surprised if they try again to scupper the sale of the club to NESV. That their behaviour was described as “unconscionable” says it all.
I think it’s fair to say that fans of all clubs will happy to see the back of the two Americans for they really do appear to be the lowest form of existence on planet earth. Looking to use a Football Club to effectively swindle a club, making promises they appeared to have no intention of keeping and then refusing to leave when anyone with a shred of decency would have walked.