Red Sox player Xander Bogaerts sent a little message to FSG by wearing a Liverpool shirt at a press conference this week. FSG own both the Reds and the Boston franchise.
Boston Red Sox player Xander Bogaerts jumped on the anti-Super League train this week. He showed up at a press conference wearing a Liverpool shirt – and that’s notable.
FSG own the Red Sox, after all, much as they do Liverpool. The two clubs are linked that way and Bogaerts used that to send a little message.
“Total coincidence for this shirt, just so you guys know,” he told journalists before laughing along with them.
“I don’t play soccer but I like it the way it is. Why would you put so many of those awesome teams to be in one league?
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“It’s special when Liverpool plays Real Madrid maybe one time a year. Or one time in every four years in the Champions League.
“Now you’re going to play them every year? it’s more special if it happens occasionally.”
Xander Bogaerts stands up
Now, we don’t know much about Bogaerts or baseball but we do know that this is quite a statement. After all, John Henry was at the stadium when this happened and delivered his apology video shortly afterwards.
Something like this obviously won’t make a great difference to his thinking, either – but it is nice to know he can’t escape the backlash by simply focusing on the Red Sox.
So credit to Bogaerts for this. It was a brave message, even if done partly in jest.
The Super League appears dead but, really, this should just be the beginning. We’re already seeing some fallout that we don’t particularly like.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, for instance, labelled it ‘admirable’ that the ‘Super’ 12 backtracked. He’s happy to just welcome them back.
And now the European Club Association names Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi as chairman. That’s more power for a giant, then.
Things will go back to normal if fans stand down right now. And ‘normal’ results in what we saw over the last few days – powerful clubs trying to tear the game up for their own financial gain.
In fact, normal will mutate into something worse, particularly with these new Champions League plans. They allow clubs to qualify without earning it – essentially, what the Super League wanted.
The fight isn’t over, then.