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The Premier League has already approved the prospective NESV takeover.

Amid the takeover turmoil, Liverpool is mired in the relegation zone after its worst start to a league season since 1953.

The Premier League refused a request from Mill Financial on Thursday to be approved as “fit and proper” to own or become directors of Liverpool. The league told the Mill group that only Liverpool’s board can ask the league to approve a potential owner.

Mill Financial has technically already taken control of Gillett’s 50 percent stake after he defaulted on the loan used to fund his part of the leveraged takeover in 2007.

It was revealed in a High Court hearing in London this week that Mill Financial itself is interested in taking over the club, offering to repay more than $449 million of debt to Royal Bank of Scotland by Friday’s nominal deadline to meet those liabilities and penalty charges.

But NESV could go to the High Court in London to enforce the binding agreement it has already signed with the three English board members who can outvote Hicks and Gillett 3-2.


Associated Press Writer Schuyler Dixon in Dallas contributed to this report.