Jurgen Klopp Dismisses Todd Boehly's Proposal Of An All-Star Game

Todd Boehly is trying to claim that the Premier League could learn a lot from American sports, and is putting forward the case for an all-star game in the style of the NBA.

As you might expect, British football fans aren’t too impressed with the Chelsea chairman’s suggestion.

Boehly also part-owns the baseball team the LA Dodgers and the baseball teams the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Sparks.

The 48-year-old has made a big impression since he bought Chelsea in the summer, having sacked manager Thomas Tuchel just weeks into the season. Now, he wants the league to follow a more US-inspired model.

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The chairman suggested a north v south game, and was swiftly rebuked by figures in the game and fans alike.

“Ultimately I hope the Premier League takes a little bit of a lesson from American sports,” said Boehly in a New York conference. “And really starts to figure out, why don’t we do a tournament with the bottom four sports teams, why isn’t there an All-Star game?

“People are talking about more money for the pyramid, in the MLB All-Star game this year we made 200 million dollars from a Monday and a Tuesday.

“So we’re thinking we could do a North versus South All-Star game for the Premier League, for whatever the pyramid needed quite easily.”

The idea doesn't seem to have gone down particularly well.

Jurgen Klopp was later asked about the suggestions in a press conference, and he replied by joking: "Does he want to bring the Harlem Globetrotters as well?"

Gary Lineker also weighed in by writing on Twitter: “Hey Todd, we already have All-Star games. They’re called internationals.”

Plenty of social media users had their say too.

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