Sunday 25 February 2018

Hicks retains Liverpool shares

Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks remains in control of his share of the club and has not sold out to Mill Financial, Press Association Sport has been told.

Reports this morning suggested the hedge fund, a branch of Washington-based Springfield Financial, had acquired the Texan's 50pc share having already taken ownership of his fellow co-owner George Gillett's half.

However, a UK-based spokesman for Tom Hicks told Press Association Sport Mill Financial had not acquired Hicks' shares.

That stance appears to be backed up by Royal Bank of Scotland, the club's major creditors whose deadline for the repayment of a £237m loan expires tomorrow, and the Premier League.

The bank has not had any recent contact with Mill Financial while no approach has been made to the Premier League to notify them of another potential change of ownership.

Doubts still remain over the ownership and it is not beyond the realms of possibility that Mill Financial could still make a move to acquire Hicks' share.

That would then put them in a position where, if they were able to repay RBS, any prospective sale to New England Sports Ventures - who have agreed a £300m deal - could be in jeopardy.

But there are numerous variables to the saga, the first of which will be decided at the Royal Courts of Justice this afternoon.

RBS and Liverpool are returning to the High Court to block a temporary restraining order taken out by Hicks and Gillett in Texas last night.

The injunction, which also included a claim for damages of more than £1bn, was imposed just minutes before a board meeting at which chairman Martin Broughton, managing director Christian Purslow and commercial director Ian Ayre out-voted Hicks and Gillett to complete the sale to NESV.

That was just hours after Mr Justice Floyd, who will hear the RBS/Liverpool application this afternoon, had ruled the American owners had no right to block a sale.

Press Association

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