Former Liverpool director offers apology

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Former Liverpool director Tom Hicks Jr, who on Monday resigned from the board of both the football club and parent company Kop Holdings, has apologised for his "mistake" in sending an obscene email to a supporter.

Hicks Jr, son of Reds' co-owner Tom Hicks, was left with little room for manoeuvre after the contents of the email found their way into the public domain. The supporter on the receiving end had contacted him directly about the state of the club and their finances.

The e-mail was leapt upon by fans' group Spirit of Shankly, fiercely opposed to Hicks Sr and George Gillett's ownership of the club, who immediately called for Hicks Jr to resign. He duly did on Monday morning - offering "sincere apologies".

His departure will have no significance in relation to the positions of his father and Gillett, who although keen to attract outside investment are steadfastly holding on to control at Anfield.

"I have great respect for Liverpool Football Club, especially the club's supporters," said a Hicks Jr statement.

"I apologise for my mistake and I am very sorry for my harmful words.

"I do not want my actions to take away from the club's future, therefore I am resigning from the board.

"To the fans and to the club, please accept my sincerest apologies."

Despite having had a key balancing role on the Liverpool board, Hicks Jr's resignation will not weaken his father's position as it was immediately announced his successor was Casey Coffman, executive vice-president of Hicks Holdings.

Liverpool's chief financial officer Philip Nash and the club's commercial director Ian Ayre have also been elected to the board of both companies.

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