Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton says he is hopeful that New England Sports Ventures’ deal to buy the club will be sealed on Friday, with more drama in the saga this evening.
After Liverpool and RBS’ second victory in court this afternoon, when the High Court ruled an injunction against Tom Hicks and George Gillett making an injunction that would block a sale, the current owners took to court in Texas.
Their case, at Dallas District Court, has now been adjourned until the morning – 7am local time which is 1pm UK time.
It is understood the judge, J. Jordan, will use the case to reconsider his decision on the injunction that is blocking the sale and the hearing is expected to last one hour.
Hicks could, of course, still find financing overnight – pay off the Royal Bank of Scotland, and take control of the club. Kop Holdings has until tomorrow to pay the £280million owed to RBS.
By today’s judgement in London, Hicks and Gillett must remove their injunction by 4pm tomorrow, or they will be in contempt of court. If they do choose to ignore this, they could be arrested if they enter Britain.
It is understood that Gillett is in London currently talking to lawyers.
A lawyer for NESV said earlier today, “We are now the owners. The old owners from beyond the grave are trying to exercise with their dead hands a grip of this company.”