Travelling Liverpool fans have been praised for their willingness to protest a £5 million parting-gift awarded to departing Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore.
Prior to watching their side take on Watford at Vicarage Road this afternoon, the Liverpool fans unveiled a number of banners outlining the preposterous nature of such a lavish 'golden handshake.'
Liverpool banners displayed before kick-off today:
“11,662 Premier League Season Tickets.
56,180 Weekly Shops For Foodbanks.
Gr££d.” 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/cQlVEDF3dC
— Football Away Days (@AwayDays_) November 24, 2018
Initially proposed by Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, each of the 20 Premier League clubs were asked to contribute £250,000 each to a fund that would go to Scudamore for his "outstanding work."
Having overseen the Premier League's meteoric rise in terms of its financial capabilities, the Liverpool fans in question clearly believe some things are more important.
They were not alone in this reaction. Speaking in the immediate aftermath of Buck's proposal, the Football Supporters' Federation condemned the idea.
Premier League clubs have always told fan groups that budgets are planned in advance and there's not a surplus of cash lying around from their extremely lucrative TV deal. In the meantime, loyal football supporters continue to be inconvenienced by fixture changes to fit TV schedules, often losing out on travel costs or struggling to get to and from games in the first place. Now it appears clubs can stick their hands down the back of the sofa and find £250,000 at a moment's notice.
It has been suggested by a number of sources that Richard Scudamore had actually decided to attend today's game.
Although such rumours cannot as yet be confirmed, it is uncertain whether the Liverpool fans were aware of this development, and it seems more likely to be an unfortunate coincident for the departing Chief Executive.