Boston Red Sox owners have a big problem — racism
Liverpool’s American owner now has some big decisions to make
By PAUL LARKIN, IrishCentral Contributing Writer
Published Thursday, February 16, 2012, 7:49 AM
Updated Thursday, February 16, 2012, 10:17 AM
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The Guardian reports that the banking group Standard Chartered, which pays £20m a year for having its name on the Liverpool kit made strong representations to the club after the game expressing its extreme displeasure at the way its image was being dragged through the mud.
The banking group, which has a high profile in Africa and the Middle East then took the unprecedented step of issuing a public statement effectively condemning the club it sponsors: “We were very disappointed by Saturday’s incident and have discussed our concerns with the club,” John W Henry, and chairman, Tom Werner, are scheduled to visit Liverpool next week for commercial and sponsorship reasons but it is now unthinkable that they will decline to issue a statement about the racism displayed by one of their own high profile employees and the tenacious support that was shown to that employee by a club they own.
Many Irish people are asking whether things would ever been allowed to go so far if a Red Sox player had behaved the same way.
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I don’t know why, serendipity maybe, but I watched the very exciting game — Manchester United versus Liverpool — and saw the refused handshake. At the time, I thought “Wow, their athletes are as big an <an anal opening surrounded by a sphincter> as ‘ours’!”
I didn’t realize the US connection.
I’m sure the corporate sponsor will clear this up in minutes. I can here it now: “Why don’t you pick up your check on your way out. And, don’t let the door hit you in the <synonym for donkey> as you leave.”
It was a good game. Drama equivalent to our standard fare.
Of course, the controversy intruded into a good product.
I also watched the Australian version of their baseball World Series. It to was good; not controversy.
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