Reds am­bas­sador Owen in trou­ble over United sup­port

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LONDON: A pe­ti­tion calling for Michael Owen to be re­moved from his po­si­tion as Liver­pool club am­bas­sador has re­ceived more than 7,000 sig­na­tures af­ter he re­ferred to Manch­ester United as ‘we’.

Tony Bar­rett started the pe­ti­tion in re­ac­tion to Owen’s pun­ditry on BT Sport’s cov­er­age of the Europa League fi­nal on Wed­nes­day night.

Dur­ing the broad­cast of the match, which United won 2-0 against Ajax, Owen re­ferred to Jose Mour­inho’s side as ‘we’ de­spite his role with the An­field club.

“Michael Owen has been a dis­grace to­wards his po­si­tion as Liver­pool’s In­ter­na­tional Am­bas­sador and he must be stripped from the po­si­tion im­me­di­ately,” reads the pe­ti­tion.

“Michael Owen openly sup­ports ri­vals and shows zero re­spect to Liver­pool, un­til it suits him. On Wed­nes­day night dur­ing the Europa League fi­nal, live on BT Sport, Michael Owen re­ferred to Man Utd as “We.”

“As Liver­pool am­bas­sador Liver­pool sup­port­ers did not take this well and that was the fi­nal straw. The club and sup­port­ers de­serve some­one who will give 100 per cent to the club and the only ‘we’ should be when re­fer­ring to the club pay­ing you.”

Owen was named as Liver­pool’s first of­fi­cial in­ter­na­tional club am­bas­sador in April 2016.

Af­ter be­ing ap­pointed last year, Owen re­ferred to him­self as a Liver­pool fan say­ing he was hon­oured by the role at the ‘world’s great foot­ball fam­ily’.

But some Liver­pool fans re­acted an­grily to his ap­point­ment due to his de­ci­sion to join archri­vals United in 2009 — where he spent three sea­sons. Daily Mail

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