In perhaps the most extraordinary twist in Liverpool’s dramatic ownership saga, New England Sports Ventures were blocked from securing their ownership of the club when Tom Hicks and George Gillett issued the prospective owners with a restraining order from a Texan Court. The injunction came at 8.25pm, just five minutes before the board meeting which would have ratified their takeover was due to convene.
Whilst lawyers sought to ascertain the jurisdiction of the Texan court, the District Court itself was describing the sale as “a swindle of epic proportions,” in The Independent, reasoning that hicks and Gillett stand to lose approximately £144 million from the sale. They argue that the deal grossly underestimates Liverpool’s value and the prospective deal, should it eventually go through, must wait several more days to reach its completion.
Reds react quickly to restraining order.
Club directors quickly moved to express their dismay at Hicks and Gillett’s decision, calling the injunction designed to halt the takeover deal as ‘unwarranted and damaging’.
Hicks and Gillett were granted the restraining order by the Texan Court having lost the High Court case against the Liverpool Directors and the Royal Bank of Scotland and initially looked like having to face up to losing their ownership of the club.
A statement posted on liverpoolfc.tv read: “Regrettably, Thomas Hicks and George Gillett have tonight obtained a Temporary Restraining Order from a Texas District Court against the independent directors, Royal Bank of Scotland PLC and NESV to prevent the transaction being completed.”
“The independent directors consider the restraining order to be unwarranted and damaging and will move as swiftly as possible to seek to have it removed.”
Kuyt injury latest.
Initial fears are that Dirk Kuyt has torn ankle ligaments and faces months on the sidelines. Kuyt landed heavily on his ankle following a robust challenge during the Netherlands’ 4-1 victory over Sweden and the ankle remains so swollen that he has so far been unable to undergo a scan. This has raised fears amongst Liverpool’s Medical Staff and in Kuyt that he will miss a significant part of Liverpool’s attempt to recover from their poor start to the season.
“The swelling is so bad it will take three to four days to be sure, but I fear the worst,” he told skysports.com. “You know your own body and it doesn’t feel good – the doctors have the same feeling. They say I’ve probably torn ankle ligaments, so let’s hope they’re wrong.”