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Liverpool accept bid from Boston Red Sox

The board of Liverpool Football Club have agreed to sell the club to the owner of the baseball team Boston Red Sox, what the Guardian is reporting as an extraordinary boardroom wrangle, which has seen Tom Hicks and George Gillett frozen out.

There looks to be a long legal battle over the sale on the horizon, however, after Hicks and Gillett said that the offer from New England Sports Ventures (which owns the Red Sox) severely undervalued the club, and that they would ‘resist any attempt’ to sell Liverpool without their agreement. They even tried to sack chairman Martin Broughton and two other board members who wanted to accept NESV’s offer.

‘I am delighted that we have been able to successfully conclude the sale process which has been thorough and extensive,’ said Broughton in a statement on the club’s website. ‘The board decided to accept NESV's proposal on the basis that it best met the criteria we set out originally for a suitable new owner. NESV's philosophy is all about winning and they have fully demonstrated that at Red Sox.’

Meanwhile, famous Liverpool fans had decided that they had had enough of the American’s reign at Anfield, and decided to release a stereotype-confirming video pleading Hicks and Gillett to step down. As if it would make any difference. Still, it’s worth a chuckle on a Wednesday morning.

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