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Fenway’s New York Times and New England Sports Network say Liverpool and Suarez beat Manchester United

by | 12th, February 2012

IN “Another Ugly Incident Mars Liverpool’s Good Name” Rob Hughes tells New York Times readers all about Luis Suarez, Liverpool’s individualistic striker who racially abused Patrice Evra and then refused to shake the Manchester United’s captain’s hand.

The New York Times’ parent company is a shareholder in Fenway.

Says Hughes:

If the Fenway Sports Group (FS is to be the responsible team owner in soccer that it has proved to be in baseball, it needs to get hold of Liverpool, its club in England’s Premier League, and repair its global image fast.

And not just that. The FSG owns the New England Sports Network ( NESN ). This is its report on the United Liverpool match:

Luis Suarez Shows Strength of Character, Scores in Face of Adversity

Er…?

NESN’s values include:

Diversity: We believe that diverse cultures and ideas are integral to our success. Embracing a diverse workforce enables us to discover and understand the perspectives of our fans and customers.
Integrity: We are committed to the highest level of ethics and professional standards.

NESN’S Marcus Kwesi O’Mard ‘s reports contains a single reference to that handshake:

When all seemed lost, Luis Suarez poked a loose ball past David De Gea to cut Manchester United’s two-goal lead in half. In scoring that 80th minute goal, the Liverpool star showed not only a hallmark of a top player, but also that he is primed to bounce back from one of his career’s low points.

Hurrah!

On Saturday, Suarez made his first start since returning from a nine-game absence.

Absence? To say nothing of the eight match ban for racially abusing Evra…

There were few positives to take from Liverpool’s 2-1 loss to Manchester United, but the Uruguayan’s goal had to be one of them.

Yes, Suarez is positive.

It was his sixth of the current Premier League campaign, and dragged his team from the edge of oblivion back into the contest.

Suarez will save Liverpool!

In terms of sheer quality, the goal was nothing special. A Charlie Adam free kick ball bounced off of an unalert Rio Ferdinand, and Suarez tapped it home from close range. It will appear on few of his highlight videos.

True. We’re all watching another part of the game. Unless you read Pravda, sorry NESN, it was all about that handshake.

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