Saturday, 9 January 2010

Fans' outrage at LIVERPOOL FC director's f-word email

ANGRY Liverpool fans last night called for club director Tom Hicks Jnr to resign after the American allegedly called a supporter “f*** face”.

In a message to concerned fan Steve Horner, an email from the Hicks Holdings Ltd account of Hicks Jnr, son of the Anfield club’s co-owner Tom Hicks, first called Horner an “idiot” after he had sent an article claiming cash from player sales was being used to pay off the club’s £250million debts.

But when Horner again emailed Hicks Jr's address, a reply fumed: “Blow me f*** face. Go to hell. I’m sick of you.”

The emails, seen and verified as being from Hicks Holdings by the Sunday Sport, also copied in Ian Ayres, the club’s commercial director, and Philip Nash, Liverpool’s finance director.

Horner emailed Hicks Jnr, along with Hicks Snr and co-owner George Gillett, with an article featuring concerns over Liverpool’s mounting debts and ability to compete in the transfer market.

And the foul-mouthed response from the account of a senior member of Liverpool’s board has sparked outrage among the Kop faithful with many furious fans posting on popular internet messageboards.

Jon Jones from Liverpool, a Kop season ticket holder of 25 years, fumed: “This is no way to a treat a Liverpool fan. Fans have every right to be questioning the people in power at the club as they have not delivered on their promises over a new stadium. They have also dragged the club into £250million of debt and we don’t seem to be competing in the transfer market.

“Tom Hicks Jnr is in a privileged position at the club. If he has abused that power I for one want to see him step down.”

Hicks Jnr has clashed with Liverpool fans in the past. In February 2008 he made an ill-advised visit to an Anfield pub after a game and was confronted by supporters.

Fans have launched a campaign to oust owners Hicks Snr and Gillett from the club, led by supporters’ union Spirit of Shankly who have vowed to stop the Americans attending Anfield for future games.

Last night, nobody at Liverpool FC was available for comment.

(Unedited version of story written for Sunday Sport)