• Americans attacked trio who led legal campaign against them
• Hicks and Gillett lost control of Liverpool in October 2010
Liverpool's former owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett have withdrawn their allegations against the men who, in 2010, successfully led the legal campaign which forced the America pair to relinquish control of the club.
Sir Martin Broughton, Christian Purslow and Ian Ayre were all directors at Liverpool when the club's future became the subject of a fierce and drawn-out high court battle which ultimately resulted in New England Sports Ventures, now known as Fenway Sports Group, taking over at Anfield for a deal worth £300m.
The purchase brought to an end Hicks and Gillett's near ruinous three-and-a-half year ownership of Liverpool – the case against them was actually brought by the Royal Bank of Scotland, who were owned £235m by the Americans – but they only departed after making claims against Broughton, Purslow and Ayre, who has remained at Liverpool and is now their managing director. The club have confirmed that those claims have now been dropped.
A Liverpool statement, released on Friday morning, read: "In October 2010, Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds Limited was sold to the Fenway Sports Group. As a consequence of that sale, Thomas Hicks and George Gillett [being the former owners of Liverpool FC] made a number of allegations and claims against Sir Martin Broughton, Christian Purslow and Ian Ayre [being the company directors responsible for the sale of Liverpool FC to the Fenway Sports Group].
"Those allegations and claims were denied by Messrs Broughton, Purslow and Ayre ... and resulted in legal proceedings being commenced.
"The parties have now agreed a settlement [the terms of which are confidential]. All claims and allegations made against Messrs Broughton, Purslow and Ayre have been withdrawn by Messrs Hicks and Gillett and all legal proceedings between the parties concluded."