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Blatter weighs into Liverpool ownership issue

The takeover saga embroiling Liverpool should stand as a warning to clubs to be careful who they sell out to, according to FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Liverpool were bought just over a year ago by American businessmen Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

But now Gillett is close to selling out his stake to Dubai Investment Capital, while Hicks has been targeted by protesting fans who want him out of the club.

Asked whether Liverpool's situation should be a warning to other clubs, Blatter said: "Yes, definitely. You get investors because a club is a good investment - and they come and if the results are not as such as they have expected they go away.

"This is definitely a risk in all the clubs. But as long as they have so many investors and specifically in the English Premier League, it is a fashion to buy a football club.

"At a certain time they wanted to have a Formula One team or they had a personal golf course or they had horses - and now it is football.

"That's good for football, but the community of football should pay attention to such a situation."

Blatter can understand Liverpool fans mounting protests.

"I like it. They did the same at Old Trafford two years ago, but they are still going to the stadium to watch the matches," he said.

"We have to take care first of the game, but it can only be done with the understanding of everybody.

"Concerning the big clubs and the money, this is a problem which has nothing to do with sport; this is economic mechanism and activities, where we have very little to say."

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