Liverpool co-owner Hicks denies claims over fan board addition

Tom Hicks has refuted claims that he blocked an attempt to have a Liverpool fan installed on the Anfield board during negotiations with DIC.

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It had been claimed by Dubai International Capital sources that the issue was one of the reasons why talks between the two parties collapsed on Monday.

A DIC insider, heavily involved in talks with fans' groups over the club's future, maintained that the idea of a fan on the board did not appeal to Hicks' negotiators.

But the American co-owner has now issued a statement through his London-based advisors.

It said: "With regard to a report today claiming that 'talks between [Tom Hicks] and Dubai International Capital collapsed after the Dubains proposed putting a fans' representative on the Anfield board', I can confirm after consultation with Mr Hicks and his representatives at the meetings with DIC that at no time during any such meetings did DIC propose, nor did Mr Hicks or his representatives reject, any such proposal."

This latest difference only serves to underline the deep problems there are between Hicks and DIC.

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