Fulham v Liverpool: Liverpool owner John W Henry slams Cottagers but match will go ahead after Tube strike suspended

Henry highlighted that Arsenal, West Ham and Leyton Orient had all planned to go ahead with their matches in the capital despite the latest London Underground strike whereas Fulham were looking to postpone theirs

Liverpool’s trip to Fulham will go ahead as planned after the proposed London Underground strike was called off, but that has not stopped owner John W Henry taking to Twitter to lay into the London outfit for considering postponing the Premier League fixture.

Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen announced that he was confident that the match would go ahead, minutes before the RMT union joined TSSA in suspending the planned 48 hour strike after reaching an agreement, with a full cancellation set to come once the agreement has been received.

"As far as I am concerned the game will go ahead," said Meulensteen.

"It has not been too much of a concern to us, it's not something we could allow to affect us."

The club had said that they would announce their decision whether Wednesday’s match will go ahead at 3pm today, though news of the strike suspension has removed the transport risk posed to the match.

However, Henry launched his criticism of the Cottagers on Monday night, posting on his Twitter account: “Arsenal, West Ham and Leyton Orient all ready for the strike but not Fulham?”

Of course, it isn’t the first time that the American has caused a stir on social media, having addressed Arsenal’s £40m plus £1 bid for Luis Suarez last summer.

“What do you think they're smoking over there at Emirates?” Henry wrote following the rejection of the offer. Liverpool were vigilant in their attempts to hold on to the striker, which has paid off massively this season with the Uruguayan in scintillating form so far this campaign.

Fulham did issue a statement explaining why the fixture was under threat.

It read: “The club can confirm that it is currently proceeding on the basis that the game will go ahead.

“However, the club has concerns over the potential impact that the strike may have on the ability of its safety staff to attend the ground in sufficient time and numbers to ensure that it is able to open the ground and effectively operate it, from the time that the gates are open to the public until the departure of all supporters.

“After consulting with the local authority and the Metropolitan Police, it has been decided that if the proposed action is still undetermined at 3pm Tuesday, and the club cannot guarantee enough staff are available to attend the ground in sufficient time and numbers, then as a consequence the club would not be able to comply with the terms of its safety certificate and the fixture would be postponed and rescheduled for a future date.

“A further statement will be released at 3pm on Tuesday to confirm whether the game will go ahead or be postponed.”

The threat to the match was due to the worry that all the required support staff would not be able to get to Craven Cottage, but that is now no longer a concern and Fulham fans can now look forward to the prospect of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, the famed SAS, strutting their stuff in London on Wednesday evening.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Kara Tointon and Jeremy Piven star in Mr Selfridge
tvActress Kara Tointon on what to expect from Series 3
Voices
Winston Churchill, then prime minister, outside No 10 in June 1943
voicesA C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
News
i100
Sport
footballBrighton vs Arsenal match report
Arts and Entertainment
Benedict Cumberbatch has spoken about the lack of opportunities for black British actors in the UK
film
News
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine