Liverpool fan groups have demanded that the club remove any of their flags and banners from the Kop ahead of their next home game.
The move comes in response to news that Liverpool are one of 12 founding members of the European Super League after plans for the new breakaway European competition was announced on Sunday evening.
The Reds – who face Newcastle United in their next home game on Saturday – join Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal as the six English clubs ready to form part of a new midweek competition.
There has been widespread condemnation of the clubs’ plans from supporters and various football figures with Liverpool fan group Spion Kop 1906 taking the decision to protest the announcement by removing all their banners and flags from the Kop.
A spokesman for Spion Kop 1906 told The Athletic: “We’ve been in contact with the club today to make it clear we want all the banners and the flags all taken down as soon as possible. We’re taking our support off the table from now.
“We feel we can no longer give our support to a club which puts financial greed above the integrity of the game.
“It’s disgraceful and absolutely disgusting what the owners have done. We don’t know how it’s got this far without fans being consulted.
“They have sold their soul. No Liverpool fan could get on board with this Super League. It would be good to hear the manager and the players come out and back the fans on this.”
A statement from the group added: “The new format is a blatant plan for the beneficial clubs to seize even more power and revenue from an already lucrative business model.
“Owners, clubs, management, do you really care about a club’s best interests or just the bank accounts? I think we already know the answer but now is the time to think of years of tradition and do the right thing.”
Another fan group, Spirit of Shankly, are also backing the removal of the flags from the famous old stand and tweeted: “As fan representatives we are appalled and completely oppose this decision. FSG have ignored fans in their relentless and greedy pursuit of money. Football is ours, not theirs. Our football club is ours, not theirs.”
#Embarrassing as fan representatives we are appalled & completely oppose this decision. FSG have ignored fans in their relentless & greedy pursuit of money. Football is ours not theirs. Our football club is ours not theirs. We will respond fully to this statement in due course. https://t.co/vFsykEm1Qz
— Spirit of Shankly (@spiritofshankly) April 18, 2021