Liverpool will avoid serious sanctions after Fulham agreed to drop a complaint over the tapping up of Clint Dempsey after the Anfield club offered an apology.

A report in the Daily Mail claims Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed was convinced to withdraw their complaint after a visit from Liverpool co-owner Tom Werner to say sorry.

Added to this, the Anfield chief executive, Ian Ayre, has sent a formal letter of apology to Craven Cottage to say the whole episode “simply should never had occurred”.

Brendan Rodgers was heavily linked with a move for Dempsey in the summer and this was accompanied by a huge gaffe on the part of Liverpool’s owners; a story was published on this Fenway Sports Group website saying they had signed the USA international.

Dempsey eventually made a switch to Tottenham Hotspur late on deadline day after Liverpool and Fulham could find no agreement, but the Craven Cottage club have blamed Liverpool’s actions for unsettling the player.

Fulham’s complaint reportedly states that their relationship with Dempsey was damaged irreparably soon after the publication of the story.

Being found guilty of tapping up a player would have been another embarrassing incident for the Reds to deal with, just as Rodgers’ new ideas and systems are beginning to take hold.

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