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Spirit of Shankly up the ante

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Liverpool Supporters Union and FSF afilliate members Spirit of Shankly (SoS) are calling for direct action from Liverpool fans at the club’s two upcoming home fixtures, as they up the ante against the ‘unacceptable’ state of the club’s ownership.

The union are calling on supporters to take part in a peaceful sit-in protest after Liverpool’s home fixture against Sunderland this Saturday (25th September), and will follow this up with a day of action the following weekend as the Reds play host to Blackpool on Sunday 3rd October.

A statement released by the group says that fans "have allowed the owners, the Board and Barcap [Barclays Capital] time and space, to pursue the sale process and we have been led to believe several times that this process was underway".

Recent fears that the sale process has ground to a halt and that unpopular owner Tom Hicks has been looking to renegotiate loans and remain in charge at Anfield, however, has prompted SoS into action.

They claim that a lack of investment, borne out of crippling interest payments incurred on the loans that Tom Hicks and George Gillett used to finance their purchase of the club, is affecting the club’s chances of success on the pitch.

More details about next Sunday’s day of action, including a protest march, will be made available through the union’s website in the coming days. SoS say that these actions are "just the beginning", and that protests will not cease until the club is sold. "We have given time to those in charge and listened to more empty promises. Now we are demanding results, and action will continue for as long as the situation remains unacceptable to us as fans of Liverpool Football Club"

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