EVERTON boss David Moyes snubbed the launch of Liverpool's bid to be a host city at the England 2018 World Cup due to a £14million feud with event organisers.
Moyes was the most notable absentee when FA committee members attended the glitzy ceremony pushing Liverpool's claims.
The Goodison boss was invited alongside Anfield heroes Rafa Benitez, Kenny Dalglish and Jamie Carragher and current Tranmere boss John Barnes.
Moyes was replaced by club officials and former Everton players Graeme Sharp, Kevin Sheedy and Gary Stevens.
The no-show of the manager and any of his first-team squad was put down to 'training commitments' by organisers.
But Sport of the World has learned Moyes was pulled out due to the increasingly fraught relationship between Everton and the Liverpool City Council chiefs who are running the bid.
Everton are embroiled in a long-running scrap with the council over their contentious stadium move. And the club is furious at the role of city planners' in preventing the sale of their former Bellefield training ground.
The site, vacated two years ago when the Toffees moved to their current Finch Farm premises, is derelict having been previously rejected for a lucrative residential development.
It was valued at as high as £14m - funds earmarked to assist Everton's stadium relocation or to be pumped into Moyes' squad. Yet the value of the property has halved. The Merseysiders are planning a third appeal against the verdict pending a decision on their move from Goodison to Kirkby.
Everton officials suspect the move to block the Bellefield development was in retaliation for the club's attempt to leave the city, from Liverpool to Knowsley.
That was denied by a council spokesman, who said: "We're keen to see the site developed appropriately."
On the field, Everton have suffered their worst start since 2004 - with one win in four games.
But they will look to kick-start their recovery with a home win over Blackburn this afternoon.
Keeper Tim Howard insisted: "We know we have a good team. We are confident in our ability."