Liverpool board leads 2-1 in court cases with end now in sight
Here we go again. After another legal victory in the High Court for the Liverpool board and main creditor RBS, all eyes turn to Dallas, where a new hearing on the ownership battle is underway.
Wednesday’s original ruling had, it seemed, paved the way for Liverpool to be sold for 300 million pounds ($479.8 million) to New England Sports Ventures (NESV) — owners of the Boston Red Sox — but that was before George Gillett and Tom Hicks obtained a temporary block in a Texas district court.
Lawyers for Royal Bank of Scotland went back before the same judge in London Thursday and he granted an injunction to restrain the Dallas court ruling, saying the case had no connection to Texas.
“The owners’ behavior conclusively demonstrates just how incorrigible they are,” he said. “They are absolutely determined to stop this transaction in its tracks and they have no lawful justification for behaving in this way.”
Liverpool’s independent directors issued a statement on the club website (www.liverpoolfc.tv) saying: “We are glad to have taken another important step toward completing the sale process.”
Whether this really is the green light to sell depends on what happens in the 160th civil district court in Dallas, after a judge adjourned Thursday’s hearing.
We will have to wait until Friday, then, to find out whether Liverpool will have new owners by the time they play the Merseyside derby against Everton Sunday.
Lest we forget, Liverpool are desperate for points after slipping into the bottom three.
Ah, football. Remember that?
PHOTO: Visitors pose for photographs outside the Kop at Liverpool football club in Liverpool, Oct. 14, 2010. REUTERS/Darren Staples