No more points deductions for Southampton say Football League

First published in Saints News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

THE Football League has confirmed Markus Liebherr’s takeover of Saints and that the club is now free to compete in League One this season.

The league’s board of directors today signed off on the deal, which was announced at lunchtime.

A statement issued this afternoon confirmed all the necessary formalities had been completed and the club’s share had been transferred back to them now Saints have exited administration.

That puts to bed any conspiracy theories that Saints would receive more than the ten-point deduction already imposed on them.

Football League chairman Lord Mawhinney said: "I would like to congratulate all those associated with the club that have helped to secure Southampton’s future.

"I would especially like to thank Saints' supporters for rallying to the club’s cause during one of the most difficult periods in its history.

"The League is delighted to welcome the new owners of Southampton Football Club to our competition.

"We appreciate the professionalism and commitment that they have shown during these negotiations.

"In particular, they should be commended for agreeing the deal in a very tight timeframe and for being the first potential purchaser to have everything in place to take the club forward."

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4:29pm Wed 8 Jul 09

oldtimesaint says...

welcome thanks to supporters from anyone..we deserve it :)...but dont need thanks from Lord Maw Maw;

season ticket details please....
welcome thanks to supporters from anyone..we deserve it :)...but dont need thanks from Lord Maw Maw; season ticket details please.... oldtimesaint
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4:33pm Wed 8 Jul 09

Dickosfc says...

-10..... Just giving the rest a head start.
-10..... Just giving the rest a head start. Dickosfc
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4:36pm Wed 8 Jul 09

SFC4EVA says...

Echo - please remove all mention and pictures of Lowe et el from your website! Lets have a new start with a renewed support from the daily echo!
Echo - please remove all mention and pictures of Lowe et el from your website! Lets have a new start with a renewed support from the daily echo! SFC4EVA
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4:36pm Wed 8 Jul 09

Ross96 says...

We'll win our first 4 games and then we are already on 2 pts.
We'll win our first 4 games and then we are already on 2 pts. Ross96
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4:43pm Wed 8 Jul 09

Saints No 1 Fan says...

I still hate Lord ma Whiner, he ruins clubs as a day job. I hope we get to the Johnstones paint trophy final or Play off final just so that we can boo him! Brighter times are ahead hopefully.
I still hate Lord ma Whiner, he ruins clubs as a day job. I hope we get to the Johnstones paint trophy final or Play off final just so that we can boo him! Brighter times are ahead hopefully. Saints No 1 Fan
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4:44pm Wed 8 Jul 09

w1lkins822 says...

oh the news just gets better I'm floating around work atm this is quality
oh the news just gets better I'm floating around work atm this is quality w1lkins822
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4:50pm Wed 8 Jul 09

Invidia says...

"That puts to bed any conspiracy theories that Saints would receive more than the ten-point deduction already imposed on them".

I think you will find Mr Simpson that this was confirmed a couple of weeks ago.
Now go out and find if Kelvin Davies is being offered a new contract do some real sports journalism instead of rehashing old news.
"That puts to bed any conspiracy theories that Saints would receive more than the ten-point deduction already imposed on them". I think you will find Mr Simpson that this was confirmed a couple of weeks ago. Now go out and find if Kelvin Davies is being offered a new contract do some real sports journalism instead of rehashing old news. Invidia
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4:57pm Wed 8 Jul 09

worried of e sussex says...

invidia chill out, this is a happy day!
invidia chill out, this is a happy day! worried of e sussex
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5:02pm Wed 8 Jul 09

saintofatheism says...

Dickosfc wrote:
-10..... Just giving the rest a head start.
bloody right, we dont wanna make it to hard for the rest-
[quote][p][bold]Dickosfc[/bold] wrote: -10..... Just giving the rest a head start.[/p][/quote]bloody right, we dont wanna make it to hard for the rest- saintofatheism
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5:04pm Wed 8 Jul 09

Invidia says...

worried of e sussex wrote:
invidia chill out, this is a happy day!
Yeah you are so right must take it all in and re-couperate
[quote][p][bold]worried of e sussex[/bold] wrote: invidia chill out, this is a happy day![/p][/quote]Yeah you are so right must take it all in and re-couperate Invidia
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5:06pm Wed 8 Jul 09

puck says...

Great news. I'm looking forward to the next few years -> back to prem. just ready for my retirement. Yippee....
Whats the season ticket news ???
Great news. I'm looking forward to the next few years -> back to prem. just ready for my retirement. Yippee.... Whats the season ticket news ??? puck
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5:06pm Wed 8 Jul 09

worried of e sussex says...

saintofatheism wrote:
Dickosfc wrote: -10..... Just giving the rest a head start.
bloody right, we dont wanna make it to hard for the rest-
make it -twenty just to make it fair!
[quote][p][bold]saintofatheism[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dickosfc[/bold] wrote: -10..... Just giving the rest a head start.[/p][/quote]bloody right, we dont wanna make it to hard for the rest- [/p][/quote]make it -twenty just to make it fair! worried of e sussex
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5:06pm Wed 8 Jul 09

H0ckeyd says...

Personally, I'd find a keeper who isnt shat at kicks and doesnt flap with the money we now have....I will never understand people liking Davies.
Personally, I'd find a keeper who isnt shat at kicks and doesnt flap with the money we now have....I will never understand people liking Davies. H0ckeyd
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5:11pm Wed 8 Jul 09

loweout@hotmail.co.uk says...

Well, this was a one hell of a rollercoaster ride.

The supporters have suffered a huge penalty to rid the club of the cancer that was Rupert Lowe, but for the first time in years, we can all get together, have a beer, buy tickets, attending Saints games and start the rebuild job in the knowledge we have a new owner, with the right intentions (we hope).

Thank you to Mr Liebherr for saving our club. In my opinion, you have bought a gem of a club
Well, this was a one hell of a rollercoaster ride. The supporters have suffered a huge penalty to rid the club of the cancer that was Rupert Lowe, but for the first time in years, we can all get together, have a beer, buy tickets, attending Saints games and start the rebuild job in the knowledge we have a new owner, with the right intentions (we hope). Thank you to Mr Liebherr for saving our club. In my opinion, you have bought a gem of a club loweout@hotmail.co.uk
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5:15pm Wed 8 Jul 09

Fides says...

H0ckeyd wrote:
Personally, I'd find a keeper who isnt shat at kicks and doesnt flap with the money we now have....I will never understand people liking Davies.
I think the new owner said something about not taking fans for granted. Perhaps we should follow his example and not take him for granted. Just because he has personal wealth, it doesn't follow that he is going to open his cheque book to satisfy our every whim.

If KD goes, good luck to him. If he stays I think he will do a good enough job for us in the near future. Two years ago the fans thought he was rubbish. Last year they thought he was great. Next season who can tell?
[quote][p][bold]H0ckeyd[/bold] wrote: Personally, I'd find a keeper who isnt shat at kicks and doesnt flap with the money we now have....I will never understand people liking Davies.[/p][/quote]I think the new owner said something about not taking fans for granted. Perhaps we should follow his example and not take him for granted. Just because he has personal wealth, it doesn't follow that he is going to open his cheque book to satisfy our every whim. If KD goes, good luck to him. If he stays I think he will do a good enough job for us in the near future. Two years ago the fans thought he was rubbish. Last year they thought he was great. Next season who can tell? Fides
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5:26pm Wed 8 Jul 09

H0ckeyd says...

Fides wrote:
H0ckeyd wrote:
Personally, I'd find a keeper who isnt shat at kicks and doesnt flap with the money we now have....I will never understand people liking Davies.
I think the new owner said something about not taking fans for granted. Perhaps we should follow his example and not take him for granted. Just because he has personal wealth, it doesn't follow that he is going to open his cheque book to satisfy our every whim.

If KD goes, good luck to him. If he stays I think he will do a good enough job for us in the near future. Two years ago the fans thought he was rubbish. Last year they thought he was great. Next season who can tell?
'tis the mind of a football fan, I expect I was one of the few that didnt deviate my opinion of him and probably compared him to the world class keepers we've had in the past...of which he'll never be able to touch.
[quote][p][bold]Fides[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]H0ckeyd[/bold] wrote: Personally, I'd find a keeper who isnt shat at kicks and doesnt flap with the money we now have....I will never understand people liking Davies.[/p][/quote]I think the new owner said something about not taking fans for granted. Perhaps we should follow his example and not take him for granted. Just because he has personal wealth, it doesn't follow that he is going to open his cheque book to satisfy our every whim. If KD goes, good luck to him. If he stays I think he will do a good enough job for us in the near future. Two years ago the fans thought he was rubbish. Last year they thought he was great. Next season who can tell?[/p][/quote]'tis the mind of a football fan, I expect I was one of the few that didnt deviate my opinion of him and probably compared him to the world class keepers we've had in the past...of which he'll never be able to touch. H0ckeyd
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5:29pm Wed 8 Jul 09

Invidia says...

Fides wrote:
H0ckeyd wrote: Personally, I'd find a keeper who isnt shat at kicks and doesnt flap with the money we now have....I will never understand people liking Davies.
I think the new owner said something about not taking fans for granted. Perhaps we should follow his example and not take him for granted. Just because he has personal wealth, it doesn't follow that he is going to open his cheque book to satisfy our every whim. If KD goes, good luck to him. If he stays I think he will do a good enough job for us in the near future. Two years ago the fans thought he was rubbish. Last year they thought he was great. Next season who can tell?
Yeah your right Fides two years ago I did think Kelvin was rubbish, surprising what changes with time
[quote][p][bold]Fides[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]H0ckeyd[/bold] wrote: Personally, I'd find a keeper who isnt shat at kicks and doesnt flap with the money we now have....I will never understand people liking Davies.[/p][/quote]I think the new owner said something about not taking fans for granted. Perhaps we should follow his example and not take him for granted. Just because he has personal wealth, it doesn't follow that he is going to open his cheque book to satisfy our every whim. If KD goes, good luck to him. If he stays I think he will do a good enough job for us in the near future. Two years ago the fans thought he was rubbish. Last year they thought he was great. Next season who can tell?[/p][/quote]Yeah your right Fides two years ago I did think Kelvin was rubbish, surprising what changes with time Invidia
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5:31pm Wed 8 Jul 09

H0ckeyd says...

see in a relegation year, my opinion of the team that was fielded goes down a few points and as my opinion of him was quite low, therein lays my opinion...but I think the team needs to be rebuilt
see in a relegation year, my opinion of the team that was fielded goes down a few points and as my opinion of him was quite low, therein lays my opinion...but I think the team needs to be rebuilt H0ckeyd
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5:32pm Wed 8 Jul 09

Chandlers Ford Saints says...

Great news, Lord Silly Willy Milly as Mark Dennis called him on talkSPORT
Great news, Lord Silly Willy Milly as Mark Dennis called him on talkSPORT Chandlers Ford Saints
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5:49pm Wed 8 Jul 09

Jesus_02 says...

Saints No 1 Fan wrote:
I still hate Lord ma Whiner, he ruins clubs as a day job. I hope we get to the Johnstones paint trophy final or Play off final just so that we can boo him! Brighter times are ahead hopefully.
Agreed,

Lord Maw Maw must go.

If this experience has taught me anything it is that the League does not defend its members. I am glad that I have read articles about York, Mansfield, Luton and Bournemouth. The League needs to be strong enough and fair enough to protect our national sport.

Mawwhiny is shown himself to be weak and cowardly in his dealing with Southampton
[quote][p][bold]Saints No 1 Fan[/bold] wrote: I still hate Lord ma Whiner, he ruins clubs as a day job. I hope we get to the Johnstones paint trophy final or Play off final just so that we can boo him! Brighter times are ahead hopefully.[/p][/quote]Agreed, Lord Maw Maw must go. If this experience has taught me anything it is that the League does not defend its members. I am glad that I have read articles about York, Mansfield, Luton and Bournemouth. The League needs to be strong enough and fair enough to protect our national sport. Mawwhiny is shown himself to be weak and cowardly in his dealing with Southampton Jesus_02
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5:52pm Wed 8 Jul 09

Jesus_02 says...

BTW - Can someone please sort out season tickets... I want to give Saints Money!!!

COYR
BTW - Can someone please sort out season tickets... I want to give Saints Money!!! COYR Jesus_02
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5:57pm Wed 8 Jul 09

The Exiled Saint says...

Lowe is now but a memory, so there are no excuses for staying away!

Herr Leibherr has put his money where his mouth is, lets get those season tickets bought!

Now the real work begins, supporting the Saints!
Lowe is now but a memory, so there are no excuses for staying away! Herr Leibherr has put his money where his mouth is, lets get those season tickets bought! Now the real work begins, supporting the Saints! The Exiled Saint
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6:06pm Wed 8 Jul 09

season ticket holder says...

H0ckeyd wrote:
Personally, I'd find a keeper who isnt shat at kicks and doesnt flap with the money we now have....I will never understand people liking Davies.
Couldn't agree more. Chris Perry should have been player of the season
[quote][p][bold]H0ckeyd[/bold] wrote: Personally, I'd find a keeper who isnt shat at kicks and doesnt flap with the money we now have....I will never understand people liking Davies.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. Chris Perry should have been player of the season season ticket holder
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6:10pm Wed 8 Jul 09

sholingsaint says...

SFC4EVA wrote:
Echo - please remove all mention and pictures of Lowe et el from your website! Lets have a new start with a renewed support from the daily echo!
yeah get that p**** off the website. i never wanna hear his name again.
[quote][p][bold]SFC4EVA[/bold] wrote: Echo - please remove all mention and pictures of Lowe et el from your website! Lets have a new start with a renewed support from the daily echo![/p][/quote]yeah get that p**** off the website. i never wanna hear his name again. sholingsaint
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6:14pm Wed 8 Jul 09

bogie says...

I'm really thankful to Markus Liebherr for saving our club. I'm suer he was the best buyer we could of possibly asked for. He is not looking for publicity or to take money from the club.
What a breath of fresh air from Lowe and all the other sharks that were circling.

Let the Saints go marching in!

Lets all be there for the first game of the season to show our appeciation to Markus.

:)
I'm really thankful to Markus Liebherr for saving our club. I'm suer he was the best buyer we could of possibly asked for. He is not looking for publicity or to take money from the club. What a breath of fresh air from Lowe and all the other sharks that were circling. Let the Saints go marching in! Lets all be there for the first game of the season to show our appeciation to Markus. :) bogie
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6:26pm Wed 8 Jul 09

Clausentum Saint says...

I think Liebherr liberally interpreted means Loveman,if that is the case we have a Loveman running Saints.
I think Liebherr liberally interpreted means Loveman,if that is the case we have a Loveman running Saints. Clausentum Saint
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6:35pm Wed 8 Jul 09

sisaydo says...

I think we all owe mr mark fry a big thank you, he looks to have found us a real gem to run our beloved Southampton fc.
Can't wait for the new season now COYR
I think we all owe mr mark fry a big thank you, he looks to have found us a real gem to run our beloved Southampton fc. Can't wait for the new season now COYR sisaydo
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6:45pm Wed 8 Jul 09

Jannersaint says...

You should al regutter your houses with Marley products like I just have! Do that to impress the wife with the real motive being your way of thanking Leibherr.
You should al regutter your houses with Marley products like I just have! Do that to impress the wife with the real motive being your way of thanking Leibherr. Jannersaint
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7:17pm Wed 8 Jul 09

Patrick80's says...

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight
Walking in a Liebherr wonderland

Gone away is the bluebird
Here to stay is the new bird
He sings a love song as we go along
Walking in a Liebherr wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
And pretend that he is Parson Brown
He'll say, "Are you married?", We'll say, "No man
But you can do the job when you're in town"

Later on, we'll conspire
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid, the plans that we've made
Walking in a Liebherr wonderland

Oh, you gotta keep walking
Oh, I'm walking, oh, I'm walking

They got me walking

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight
Walking in a Liebherr wonderland

Gone away is the bluebird
Here to stay is the new bird
He sings a love song as we go along
Walking in a Liebherr wonderland

In the meadow, we can build a snowman
And pretend that he's a circus clown
We'll have lots of fun with Mr. Snowman
Until the other kids knock him down

When it's cold, ain't it thrilling?
Though your nose gets to chilling
We'll frolic and play the Eskimo way
Walking in a Liebherr wonderland

Marcus Liebherrs Red & White Army
Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? In the lane, snow is glistening A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight Walking in a Liebherr wonderland Gone away is the bluebird Here to stay is the new bird He sings a love song as we go along Walking in a Liebherr wonderland In the meadow we can build a snowman And pretend that he is Parson Brown He'll say, "Are you married?", We'll say, "No man But you can do the job when you're in town" Later on, we'll conspire As we dream by the fire To face unafraid, the plans that we've made Walking in a Liebherr wonderland Oh, you gotta keep walking Oh, I'm walking, oh, I'm walking They got me walking Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? In the lane, snow is glistening A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight Walking in a Liebherr wonderland Gone away is the bluebird Here to stay is the new bird He sings a love song as we go along Walking in a Liebherr wonderland In the meadow, we can build a snowman And pretend that he's a circus clown We'll have lots of fun with Mr. Snowman Until the other kids knock him down When it's cold, ain't it thrilling? Though your nose gets to chilling We'll frolic and play the Eskimo way Walking in a Liebherr wonderland Marcus Liebherrs Red & White Army Patrick80's
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8:26pm Wed 8 Jul 09

eastleigh-ian says...

SFC4EVA wrote:
Echo - please remove all mention and pictures of Lowe et el from your website! Lets have a new start with a renewed support from the daily echo!
yes i agree ive had a belly full of rupert the bear . its a new startthat clown is a painfull memory get his mug of the site ASAP
[quote][p][bold]SFC4EVA[/bold] wrote: Echo - please remove all mention and pictures of Lowe et el from your website! Lets have a new start with a renewed support from the daily echo![/p][/quote]yes i agree ive had a belly full of rupert the bear . its a new startthat clown is a painfull memory get his mug of the site ASAP eastleigh-ian
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9:05pm Wed 8 Jul 09

SomersetSaint says...

There's only one uncle Markus, one uncle Markus!!
There's only one uncle Markus, one uncle Markus!! SomersetSaint
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10:09pm Wed 8 Jul 09

threetimes says...

Get f***ed Mawhinney. Not interested in your thanks, and you won't get any gratitude for not deducting further unjust points from us. What are you doing to punish RL's business/sporting interests? Smash his hockey sticks, not our chances of promotion.
Get f***ed Mawhinney. Not interested in your thanks, and you won't get any gratitude for not deducting further unjust points from us. What are you doing to punish RL's business/sporting interests? Smash his hockey sticks, not our chances of promotion. threetimes
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10:09pm Wed 8 Jul 09

threetimes says...

Get f***ed Mawhinney. Not interested in your thanks, and you won't get any gratitude for not deducting further unjust points from us. What are you doing to punish RL's business/sporting interests? Smash his hockey sticks, not our chances of promotion.
Get f***ed Mawhinney. Not interested in your thanks, and you won't get any gratitude for not deducting further unjust points from us. What are you doing to punish RL's business/sporting interests? Smash his hockey sticks, not our chances of promotion. threetimes
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10:41pm Wed 8 Jul 09

sdhcapital says...

If Jo Tessem's coming back then why not Anders Svensson and Fabrice Fernandes (remember his equaliser against Everton in injury time???). Christ I'm drunk, but I don't care. I love the Saints and I love the outcome of the last 3 months!!!!
If Jo Tessem's coming back then why not Anders Svensson and Fabrice Fernandes (remember his equaliser against Everton in injury time???). Christ I'm drunk, but I don't care. I love the Saints and I love the outcome of the last 3 months!!!! sdhcapital
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6:04am Thu 9 Jul 09

Perth Glory Saint says...

Get in there. The Perth Supporters Club are hitting the town tonight!!!
Get in there. The Perth Supporters Club are hitting the town tonight!!! Perth Glory Saint
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7:33am Thu 9 Jul 09

The_Shotster says...

Obviously happy to be competing next season but I won't be taking any compliments from the former politician Mr (not worthy of a Lord) Mawhinney. He doesn't give a t*ss about The Saints and I wouldn't trust him as far as would like to throw him!
Obviously happy to be competing next season but I won't be taking any compliments from the former politician Mr (not worthy of a Lord) Mawhinney. He doesn't give a t*ss about The Saints and I wouldn't trust him as far as would like to throw him! The_Shotster
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