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Liverpool Supporters Board confirms stance after Tom Werner reveals controversial idea

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner speaks during the 2024 Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame and Fenway Honors Induction Ceremony
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Liverpool’s official Supporters Board has responded to club chairman Tom Werner’s controversial comments on playing Premier League games abroad.

Werner revealed his ‘crazy idea’ for matches to be played away from the UK, insisting he wants to see games played in various cities across the world. His comments come after FIFA took a step closer to allowing domestic leagues to play competitive matches away from their home countries, having formed a working group that will issue recommendations on the matter.

“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.”

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The idea wasn’t supported by Liverpool owner and FSG chief John Henry though, who commented it is “not something that I advocate or am particularly interested in”. Nevertheless, Werner’s comments have sparked anger among the club’s supporters.

Liverpool supporters group Spirit of Shankly hit out at the Reds’ chairman on Friday, insisting: "Anyone determined to play competitive LFC Premier League matches abroad should remember that we as fans are determined they don’t.”

Now, the Liverpool FC Supporters Board, which represents a number of different fan groups, has issued a statement after contacting the club. “On behalf of the Supporters Board, our chair (Joe Blott) has spoken directly to the club,” the board posted on X.

“They have told us that Tom Werner’s comment was a personal idea, not LFC’s, which would only be put forward for consideration if it was right for everyone, including and most importantly, supporters.

“It is not something the club is considering. Even then, they have reassured us it would be subject to consultation with our Supporters Board, in line with our supporters board agreement. The Supporters Board will obviously keep a careful watch on this issue.”

Liverpool.com says: Werner really hasn’t read the room with his comments. Anyone who is familiar with English football could tell you that playing games abroad is not an idea that will ever gain support.

Thankfully, the idea would have to go through the Supporters Board to get the go-ahead, so if the Premier League did at any point announce plans to start playing games away from the UK, you’d like to think it wouldn’t get very far.