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Kraft Turned Down Chance to Buy Soccer Team in 05

Looks as if Robert Kraft turned down a shot to buy Liverpool back in 2005, that according to today’s London Times:

Robert Kraft, one of the most influential and successful men in North American professional sport, said yesterday that he had drawn back from buying Liverpool in 2005 because of the unregulated finances of top-level European football. The owner of the New England Patriots, who have won the NFL’s Super Bowl three times this decade, and the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer, Kraft felt that the constant upward spiral of transfer fees and wages that favours a few wealthy clubs was a deal-breaker.

A salary cap – common in American sport and an aim of Michel Platini, the Uefa president, would have changed his mind. “I wanted to do it,” he said. “I met with David Moores [the former Liverpool owner], who is a fine gentlemen, and we came very close to buying it, very close. But in the end, my instinct was – not without a salary cap. If a salary cap come to the English Premier League, I’d buy a team in a minute.”

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