High Court rules in favour of Liverpool FC & RBS – Hicks defeated

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The High Court has ruled in favour of the Royal Bank of Scotland in the case regarding Liverpool Football Club’s future. Tom Hicks and George Gillett have lost.

Hicks and Gillett have been refused the right to appeal, so the deal to sell the club could go through in the next couple of days.

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On leaving the court, both Martin Broughton and Christian Purslow were mobbed by happy Liverpool fans. Purslow said he was “absolutely elated” with the decision.

Broughton hinted that the club may still be open to sell to Singapore billionaire Peter Lim and a board meeting this evening (by 8pm) will discuss the right suitor to choose.

Broughton added, “We will get the right owners for the fans. It was a total victory. I want to thank the fans for their patience throughout this difficult time. The process is complete.”

Potential new owner, John Henry of the NESV, tweeted, “Well done Martin, Christian and Ian. Well done RBS. Well done supporters.”

Former Reds boss Rafa Benitez also spoke of his delight at the news, “Today I am so happy for the people of Liverpool. Finally the club can move forward and get stability.”

Well done Martin Broughton, Christian Purslow and Ian Ayre. Thank you. Well done everyone.

They say our days are numbered, we’re not famous anymore, but Scousers rule the country like we’ve always done before.

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