Saturday, October 16, 2010

Hicks: I Am Very Very Angry

Tom Hicks says he has been swindled out of the sale of Liverpool. New England Sports Ventures have completed the £300million takeover of the club following a frenetic week that had seen the matter go before the High Court in London. Hicks, however, has warned that the already protracted saga is not over and voiced his anger at the manner with which he lost control of the club, calling it "an organised conspiracy". Asked how he felt about the sale, Hicks told Sky Sports News: "(I'm) Shocked. Devastated. Frustrated. I'm very disappointed. "It's hurt my family tremendously. This is a very valuable asset that was swindled away from me in an epic swindle. "I'm very angry about it." Hicks hit out at club chairman Martin Broughton and creditors Royal Bank of Scotland, claiming they had breached his trust. "This has been an organised conspiracy over many months," he claimed on Sky Sports News. "[Liverpool independent chairman] Martin Broughton wanted a good PR event in his life and be seen as the guy that got rid of those Americans - and he sold to another group of Americans. "I can't go into the details but I can confirm the funds were available to pay off Royal Bank of Scotland entirely but between Royal Bank of Scotland, the chairman and the employees that conspired against us, they would not let us. "They were people I thought were our friends, people I thought were loyal, and I was wrong."

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