As if Liverpool needed any more drama. According to the Daily Mail, director of communications Jen Chang has been accused to abusing and online blogger and threatening to ban him for life from Anfield. The blogger, who goes by the pseudonym ‘Duncan Jenkins’ reportedly leaked information about transfer during the summer that potentially could have cost Liverpool money.
When investigated further, it appears that a relationship had been struck up between Jenkins and Chang, who was adamant about getting local bloggers involved in LFC news when he came to the position recently. Now it is alleged that Chang threatened Jenkins once he discovered information on the signatures of Nuri Sahin and Fabio Borini was leaked by the blogger, information that could have proved costly to Liverpool football club.
This is exactly the type of drama that Liverpool really do not need yet since it has occurred there should no doubt be some sort of investigation. Claims made by Jenkins are substantial enough to warrant an investigation into the misuse of power by Chang in my opinion, whilst the director of communications conduct can generally be called into question. From the reports, Chang appears to have developed a relationship with Jenkins and given him rights to write about the club with information coming fresh off the press.
If this is the case, then Chang is fighting against freedom of the press and freedom of speech, something he cannot win against. The fact is sensitive information was leaked from Liverpool football club with the director of communications appearing to be in the midst of the scandal. An investigation is essential to divulge what went on – although the data wasn’t too important this time round it could be extremely damaging should it happen again.
Fenway Sports Group needs to resolve these issues. Liverpool cannot expect to create a positive home atmosphere without such allegations of fan mistreatment being investigated. In short, the owners have a little bit of in house work to do.