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Liverpool FC fans furious over blacklist firm and ticket prices

by Roy Bentham, Blacklist Support Group executive council and Spirit of Shankly management committee
Issue No. 2434

The Liverpool FC fan group Spirit of Shankly is dismayed to note the club’s recent contractual relationship with Carrillion regarding the rebuilding of the main stand.

Carrillion was found to be the third biggest exponent of the construction industry blacklist. This debarred workers from building sites around the country for a decade and more.

It wrecked many livelihoods and even resulted in suicide in some cases.

Under the Premier League’s fit and proper persons test, we ask what and with whom did the club consult and engage with during this procurement period? And was due diligence sought at any time or did they only look at the blacklisting companies’ spreadsheets?

We await the response of Liverpool Football Club with interest.

A group of Liverpool football fans in the Liverpool Supporters Union has been protesting against ticket price rises. Another fan group, Spion Kop, is also involved.

We refused to take any flags into the ground until the owners of the club sat down face to face to discuss prices.

We met with the club on Thursday of last week. If we don’t get any promises on ticket prices we have other actions planned. They include leverage tactics against players, agents and CEOs from the main club sponsors.

Phil Rowan

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Tue 16 Dec 2014, 16:52 GMT
Issue No. 2434
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