Todd Boehly and the last polarizing dividing line we don’t need | Football


Supporters of major English football clubs can be forgiven for harboring ambivalent attitudes towards American ownership. For every John W Henry, under whose yoke an underperforming Liverpool won their first title in 30 years, there is a John W Henry, who tried it with this $uper £eague European racket. Then there’s the Glazer family, who on the one hand have benefited many billions from Manchester United, but Old Trafford hasn’t yet completely crumbled into pieces so small you could put them through a sock, so that’s an advantage to currently. . Or how about Stan Kroenke, long-eyed with suspicion from sections of the Arsenal fanbase, but can this man pair a baggy pinstripe suit with a handlebar moustache. They are swings and roundabouts.

This is all a roundabout way of bringing us to Todd Boehly, the newest guy on the block. Since taking Chelsea off Roman Abramovich’s hands, the American billionaire has gone on a wild spending spree, throwing obscene amounts of money at things he doesn’t really need, in the manner of a sailor on shore leave or a billionaire. He has also sacked a Big Cup-winning manager who disapproved of the spree, and as a by-product of appointing a new boss, destroyed the fairy tale enjoyed by all but Crystal Palace fans at the start of the season. Bored now, the Premier League is called upon to start an American-style All-Star match. Flag! Red flag!

“I hope eventually the Premier League learns a bit of a lesson from American sport,” Boehly said, speaking at the Salt conference on “global thought leadership” – sigh – in New York. “People are talking about more money for the pyramid. at the MLB All-Star game this year we won $200 million. So we’re thinking we could do a north vs south All-Star match for the Premier League, for what the pyramid needed quite easily. Everyone likes the idea of ​​more revenue for the league. I think there’s a real cultural aspect, I think the evolution will come.” Ah yes, just what this country needs right now, with Brexit, culture wars and heated debates over the role of the monarchy: another polarizing dividing line arbitrarily drawn through it.

It was hard to gauge how serious Boehly was because of his 1970s news anchor jacket. Checkered and in very vibrant color, it’s a style you could almost get away with during the hazy golden days of NTSC, provided you have turned the contrast dial on your Trinitron all the way down. But he automatically deflects the gravity in those hi-def times, and the content of Boehly’s speech also compromises him. “He doesn’t wait long,” Jurgen Klopp quipped, eyebrows raised, when asked about the plan. “When he finds an appointment for that, he can call me. In American sports these players have four months off. Does he want to bring the Harlem Globetrotters too?’ Oh Jurgen! Pipe down, for good, will you? You’ll only give him more ideas.


“We specifically and separately confirmed that friendly matches could not take place. [We] I would like to put it on record that we absolutely do not condone this disrespectful and despicable behavior. An investigation will be carried out into this matter, in conjunction with the Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA, ​​and these two teams will be dealt with in the strongest possible manner’ – Sheffield & District Fair Play League issues statement condemning Sheffield International FC and Byron Home to play a friendly on the same weekend that tens of thousands of fans across the UK turned out to watch a test match, rugby union, rugby league, golf, etc. and so on.


Premier League clubs will play the national anthem and observe a minute’s silence before all matches this weekend to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. Managers have also been told to consider dressing up and leading their teams out, and there will also be a minute’s applause at the 70-minute mark to mark the number of years of the Queen’s reign.

Silences were impeccably observed around the Football League on Tuesday, including at Swansea, where Cyril the Swan paid his respects.

Cyril the Swan pays his respects
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“I think Jurgen Klopp might be relieved his Liverpool players didn’t fly to Ajax like the Tasmanian Devils 11 (yesterday’s news, Bits and Bobs). After all, their fastest speed is only a tick over 8 mph, and then only for short distances. Additionally, their size would make it difficult to deal with taller opponents. Mind you, they have a bite to them that would have impressed Luis Suárez” – Jason Steger.

“Regarding Soccer-ball Todd’s proposal for a North – South All Star Best Players Championship Mega Playoff Money-Spinner match. He hasn’t thought about it, has he? A major question to be resolved is which team the Midlands-based players at Villa, Wolves, Leicester and Forest will be selected for. Oh” – Neil Bage.

“Does The Fiver have a new neighbor? I noticed that Martin Lewis’ team had a meeting at ‘MSE Towers’ on their most recent mission. It must be nice to rub shoulders with famous people (which I’m sure he tells himself)” – Paul Dixon.

Send your letters to And you can always tweet The Fiver via @guardian_sport. Today’s winner of our letter o’ the day prize is … Neil Bage.


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Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio is now a minority shareholder in Norwich City after buying a 16% stake in the club from manager Michael Foulger. Whether this will spark demand for a Home Run Derby championship remains to be seen.

Danny Schofield’s 69-day spell as Huddersfield Town boss has come to an end after the Terriers handed him the boot. “The decision follows Tuesday’s Championship defeat at home to Wigan, which took our record during Danny’s tenure as permanent manager to one win and one draw in nine competitive games,” ran a rather blunt statement. of the club.

The stress at Anfield has eased somewhat after Liverpool’s 2-1 Big Cup win over Ajax. “The way we played, the way we defended, everything was different,” Jurgen Klopp said.

Joël Matip after his late winner.
Joël Matip after his late winner. Photo: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC/Getty Images

Elsewhere in the Big Cup… oh Spurs. And oh Barca!

And LS Lowry’s magnificent painting Going to the Match is expected to fetch a record £8m next month. Please let us know if we can enter.


“77 BRFC 0-4 ETFC – [Lyle] Della-Verde curls up in the fourth then sent off seconds earlier for a late tackle’ – Enfield Town’s social media match feed sends us a wormhole of Tenet-like proportions during their win at Brightlingsea Regent.


Ben McAleer believes Gareth Southgate needs to shake up England’s forward line. Without writing a piece containing the two words “Ivan Toney” repeated 450 times, he offers this.

Some possible options, earlier.
Some possible options, earlier. Composite: Getty, Shutterstock

Which footballers have played against their sons and fathers? Knowledge knows.

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