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Red Sox' John Henry addresses Liverpool's Super League debacle

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John Henry is in hot water, and it has nothing to do with the baseball team he owns.

The Boston Red Sox' principal owner is also the principal owner of Liverpool F.C., the Premier League soccer club. Liverpool was one of 12 clubs plotting to shake up European soccer by forming a "Super League," which would directly compete with UEFA's existing Champions League and Europa League.

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The Super League plan faced immediate backlash across the soccer world from those who saw it as a "power grab," and even Liverpool's own players denounced the team's involvement in the proposed competition.

Widespread criticism led to the Super League dissolving before it even began -- and led Henry to do some damage control Wednesday morning in the form of a message to Liverpool fans, which he read in a video posted on social media.

"It goes without saying but should be said that the project put forward was never going to stand without the support of the fans. No one ever thought differently in England. Over these 48 hours you were very clear that it would not stand. We heard you. I heard you.

" ... I’m sorry, and I alone am responsible for the unnecessary negativity brought forward over the past couple of days," Henry said in the video. "It’s something I won’t forget. And shows the power the fans have today and will rightly continue to have."

 

Henry has stayed out of the public eye in regards to the Red Sox, speaking about the team just once since Boston traded Mookie Betts in February 2020. As he attempts to "rebuild trust" with Liverpool supporters, that likely won't change.