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Liverpool fan group issues statement after Tom Werner and FSG voice overseas Premier League plan

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Liverpool supporters' group Spirit of Shankly has hit out at owner Tom Werner's suggestion for the Reds' Premier League matches to be played abroad.

The idea of teams playing competitive matches away from their home countries has been discussed for some time although the Premier League previously abandoned plans for a '39th game' more than a decade ago.

That would have seen teams play at least one league match away from the UK and despite the strong backlash, Liverpool owner and FSG chief Werner has suggested he would support such a proposal being introduced.

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“I’m determined one day to have a Premier League game be played in New York City,” Werner told the Financial Times. "I even have the sort of crazy idea that there would be a day where we play one game in Tokyo, one game a few hours later in Los Angeles, one game a few hours later in Rio, one game a few hours later in Riyadh and make it sort of a day where football, where the Premier League, is celebrated.”

Unsurprisingly, Werner's suggestion has not gone down well with some Liverpool supporters. It comes just two months after fans stayed a protest during the Europa League defeat to Atalanta over plans to increase ticket prices.

In a post on social media, Spirit of Shankly - Liverpool fans' official supporters' union - said: "Anyone determined to play competitive LFC Premier League matches abroad should remember that we as fans are determined they don’t.

"There’s lots of things that need to change in football - ticket prices, an independent regulator, financial fairness and more. Where we play doesn’t!"

Despite the recent ticket hike, Werner also suggested Liverpool fans could be encouraged to travel if 'cheap travel and accommodation' was offered. Fellow owner John W Henry isn't on board however, adding: "It is not something that I advocate or am particularly interested in."

Liverpool.com says: Werner's suggestion shows just how out of touch some Premier League owners can be. While FSG deserves plenty of plaudits for its tenure, there have been occasions where the room has been read completely wrong. This is one of them and having recently hiked ticket prices, suggesting fans would be able to travel across the worldwide to watch Liverpool is unrealistic and offensive.