Thomas Cook have “ceased trading with immediate effect”.
Amongst the oldest of all travel companies, the company that first took to the world of travel in 1841, was forced into compulsory liquidation earlier today.
Subsequently, the airline currently has around 150,000 British holidaymakers stranded abroad, with one of the biggest peacetime repatriations in history required to bring them home.
But what does all of this have to do with arch-rivals Manchester United and Liverpool?
Well, Thomas Cook Sport – a subsidiary of Thomas Cook – provide a valuable service to both Premier League clubs and have done for some time.
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Both clubs, partnered with the company, have sold tickets to fans for a number of upcoming league and European games both at home and across Europe.
Liverpool and Manchester United feature in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League respectively and have already used the company to sell travel tickets that they will, ultimately, no longer be receiving.
In a statement to The Times, as per Daily Star, United said: “Along with other Premier League clubs, Thomas Cook Sports have been travel partners with Manchester United.
“They have pre-sold a small number of tickets and hospitality for some home matches this season, along with travel packages to two upcoming UEFA Europa League away games.
“As soon as we were aware of their potential insolvency, we started to work through contingency plans, and we will endeavour to contact affected Manchester United fans who had booked direct via Thomas Cook.”
Liverpool have issued a statement of a similar kind, reassuring supporters that they are in the process of getting the details of the situation.
“We are aware Thomas Cook has ceased trading this morning,” the statement read.
“Thomas Cook sells 360 hospitality packages for each of our home games at Anfield.
“We are currently assessing the impact of Thomas Cook ceasing trading and the impact for those supporters who have purchased packages from Thomas Cook. Once we have those details from Thomas Cook, we will update supporters.”
Next month, Liverpool have two Champions League fixtures, one at home to Red Bull Salzburg, and one away at Genk, and it is likely that many supporters have arranged their travel plans with Thomas Cook Sport.
Manchester United have two European away trips next month. First, they head to Holland to face AZ Alkmaar before travelling to Serbia to face FK Partizan.News Now - Sport News