Liverpool owner Henry says sorry to fans over ESL

Liverpool were among the six Premier League clubs who signed up for the Super League but withdrew on Tuesday (April 20) amid a storm of protests from fans, players, managers and governments, alongside threats of bans and sanctions from the game's European and world governing bodies UEFA and FIFA.

The Super League, which was announced on Sunday with 12 founding members, has been championed by Real Madrid President Florentino Perez, the new competition's chairman.

But following the withdrawal of the six English clubs, it is left with three Italian sides -- AC Milan, Juventus and Inter Milan -- plus Perez's Real Madrid along with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid from Spain.

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JOHN HENRY: I want to apologize to all the fans, supporters of Liverpool Football Club for the disruption I caused over the past 48 hours. Goes without saying, but it should be said, that the project put forward was never going to stand without the support of the fans. No one ever thought differently in England. Over these 48 hours, you were very clear that it would not stand. We heard you. I heard you.

And I want to apologize to Jurgen, to Billy, to the players, and to everyone who worked 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.

More than a decade ago, when we signed up for the challenges associated with football, we dreamed of what you dreamed of. And we've worked hard to improve your club. Our work isn't done. And I hope you'll understand that, even when we make mistakes, we're trying to work in your club's best interests.

If there's one thing this horrible pandemic has clearly shown, it's how crucial fans are to our sport and to every sport. It's shown in every empty stadium. It's important that the Liverpool Football family remain intact, vital, and committed to what we've seen from you globally, with local gestures of kindness and support. I can promise you I will do whatever I can to further that.