Banks feel English soccer rage

Fans of the Liverpool club are irate -- and taking out their anger on Wall Street.

By Kim Peterson Sep 24, 2010 2:16PM

Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Caption: The Liverpool football logo is pictured at the Club's stadium at Anfield in LiverpoolBeware the rabid English soccer fan armed with a BlackBerry.

That's the lesson Texas billionaire Tom Hicks is learning as he tries to raise money for Liverpool FC, the club he bought in 2007. Liverpool was a star back then, but now it's badly in need of money and struggling on the field.

Liverpool fans are so angry that they're doing whatever they can to foil Hicks. And that includes stalking him with technology.

This week, a Liverpool fan saw Hicks sitting on a New York sidewalk bench near the offices of Deutsche Bank (DB) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM), The Wall Street Journal reports.

The fan suspected that Hicks might be going to the banks for help and used his BlackBerry to take photos of Hicks. The photos soon went up on Twitter, and Liverpool fans began flooding the offices of both banks with angry e-mails.

 

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Liverpool finished in seventh place last season, the Journal reports, and fans worry that the team's financial woes -- including its heavy debt burden -- make it harder to recruit star players.

It's even worse for RBS, which can receive several hundred e-mail messages a day demanding that the bank take control of the club. Angry fans have even created a website with a blood-drenched RBS logo, the Journal reports. The site threatens: "We will go as far as we need to."

And as far as Hicks goes, the fans aren't letting up. "We know his every move," one said.

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