Liverpool board leads 2-1 in court cases with end now in sight

October 14, 2010

SOCCER-LIVERPOOL/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

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As an American I’m ashamed and appalled over H&G’s actions. They’re disgusting, corrupt and pathetic creatures and I hope to God that the Brits don’t think they represent all Americans. They are scum and that’s not exclusive to any country. I want them out, broken, and bankrupt as much as any Reds fan on either side of the Atlantic, please don’t paint us all with the same brush. If you asked an average American about this, they’d say shoot the bast***! This is a corrupt judge helping out their good ‘ol boys, it has nothing to do with American justice. Wait until you see what happens in court tomorrow, the Dallas judge is going to set them on fire. H&G do NOT represent Americans, they represent low-life scum. I can’t wait to see if NESV can do for the Reds what they did for the Red Sox. These guys know what it takes to win and turn their clubs into profit-making machines. They also understand financial success starts with success on the field. I think you Brits will be pleasantly surprised, he doesn’t have to be a Liverpool fan to succeed. He just has to know how to run a sports franchise, and he does. In conclusion, God save our Reds. YNWA!

Posted by reds4ever | Report as abusive

well am charles elizbeth am god of the earth an am a fan ofliverpool an am also a footballer as well who is intreasted in playing for the club an please an i wants the team to bounce back to winning ways so please i wants ur help to bring me over or what if i find away to come over we u help me in playing for the club cause i have determine to play for the club please help me am stranded in nigeria my address in nigeria is 8 akanni street iwaya yaba lagos my mobile phone num ber is 23479086680891 or 2347033512732

Posted by raygee | Report as abusive

am god of the earth an in need of your help wellas fan of liverpooli want the team to bounce back into winning ways if they wants to sale let them do or let them not sale if they dont wants to sale well i wants to used this time to talk about my self please i have been hearing that the queen of england as a son an they say he is god of the earth butme am sure that am god of the earth so please contact her for me thanks

Posted by raygee | Report as abusive

we gon’ party tonight