Liverpool Drama: Javier Mascherano, George Gillett Rock the Boat

John HoumesSenior Analyst IMarch 28, 2008

Along with the advancements in the Javier Mascherano saga, the attention of Liverpool supporters has also been on George Gillett Jr's statements about co-owner Tom Hicks.

Gillett said in an interview that he can no longer work with Hicks, and that selling the club to DIC would be a good move for Liverpool FC.

"Lord knows DIC have the means with the oil prices going up every day that money was not even an issue. I think they would have been very responsible owners. But making that not possible or difficult didn’t endear (Hicks) to the fans," he said.

Hicks has refused to sell his shares to Dubai International Capital for £400 million.

Regarding his own shares of the club, Gillett said:  

“The fans don’t want him to have even one share of my stake in the club, based on what they are sending to me."

I'd say so. Gillett reported he received death threats from fans who told him not to sell the club to Hicks.

While death threats are...well...a little extreme, one can understand the sentiment as it seems like supporters have been dragged through a three-act tragedy. Selling all the share to Hicks would only add another act.

The progression with Javier Mascherano comes as he has admitted his guilt today to the FA's charges of improper conduct. He could receive an additional two-match suspension.

Mascherano is already sitting out Liverpool's match verse rival Everton this weekend.

The midfielder has requested a personal hearing with the FA. Manager Rafael Benitez said there are lawyers working on the case, hoping that he will not be penalized simply to be made an example of.

Mascherano was fined two weeks wages by the Liverpool office.

It is believed Liverpool's defense will focus on at least three aspects:

1) previous cases set a precedent for a lesser penalty (Adebayor

2) Liverpool's monetary fine of Mascherano is sufficient punishment.

3) Liverpool's disciplinary record has been very good this season. It was their first red card of the season in EPL play. The Reds rank third in the EPL's Fair Play Table, behind Man U and Tottenham.

Rafa also commented on Mascherano's apology:

“We were talking, and the player has apologized for his reaction after the sending off. He knew after the game he made a mistake, it's clear. Now we are waiting for the hearing," Benitez said.

"Javier is a fantastic professional and he knows he made a big mistake. He apologized to his teammates and the supporters, and he has now apologized to the referee."

Mascherano's hearing will be April 3rd.

With a hometown derby this weekend minus Mascherano, and a tough three-match series against Arsenal coming up, Liverpool supporters have a lot on their mind without worrying about Gillett and Hicks' cat fight...and by extension the future of Rafa.

Supporters have been tired of the drama for sometime now. The quicker Gillett and Hicks are out, and the sooner Mascherano is back in, the better. Gillett's words seem appropriate:

“What I do know is that the fans and the fabled history of this club deserves better, and we are going to do whatever we can to prove that."