Liverpool fans’ dissatisfaction at the treatment of their club by the American powers-that-be is set to take the form of a protest before their home tie against Sunderland.
But the protest is no longer confined to Merseyside.
Even the American press have now sat up to take notice of the current plight of Liverpool fans.
An internet campaign, thought up by blogger “Poor Scouse Tommy”, encouraged fans to bombard various American news outlets with e-mails detailing their unhappiness at the treatment of the club from Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
The message was well and truly received, with reports in, amongst others, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Kansas City Star. The goal is to dissuade Wall Street from lending Hicks the money he wants to keep hold of the club, and with the publicity that has been generated on both sides of the Atlantic, the mass e-mail can hardly have hindered the cause.
This all comes at a time when rivals Manchester United, in a situation where more than a few parallels can be drawn, seem to have cooled off in their protests over their own American owners. Green and gold scarves are suddenly few and far between at Old Trafford; and the Scunthorpe match was the first anti-Glazer chanting I’ve heard all season. Liverpool certainly look more likely to get rid of their owners at this rate; although Malcolm Glazer’s asking price of over £1billion makes United’s task a touch harder.
Here’s that e-mail in full:
Dear USA Media Executive
We love America in Liverpool, but…
We gave you THE BEATLES and this is how you repay us?
What happened to the ‘Special Relationship’ between the US and the UK?
Are you aware of how Tom Hicks is driving our beloved Liverpool Football Club into the ground?
How would you like it if a British “businessman” came over to the USA and destroyed the New York Yankees? Or the LA Lakers? Or the Washington Redskins?
Well, in Liverpool we are living a Wayne Huizenga and Florida Marlins moment all over again!
Please Google “Tom Hicks + Liverpool” to see what an embarrassment he is to the USA.
We would be grateful if you could help us by reporting our story in order that we might persuade Wall Street NOT to lend him the money he is currently trying to raise, to drive our football team into even more debt and despair.
Sorry about the mass email approach, but we have tried everything else, and we all feel like we are at the end of the road.
Thanks in anticipation
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